DateLine: 2nd December 2008
Monde Zondeki could hardly have made a more stunning impact, taking a wicket with his first ball in international cricket, Sri Lanka's Marvan Atapattu caught in the slips during a one-day international in Bloemfontein in 2002. During the 2003 World Cup, Zondeki was a literal replacement for Donald, the selectors opting for youth and promise over experience. Predictably, Zondeki struggled to make an impression under enormous pressure but was seleced for the 2003 tour of England. He made an impression on his debut at Headingley, but with bat not ball. South Africa were struggling at 142 for 7 before Zondeki and Gary Kisten added 150 for the eighth wicket. But a side injury restricted him to just 4.5 overs, and his bad luck with injuries meant he did not get back into the Test side until March 2005, against Zimbabwe. It was an impressive comeback, nine wickets - including a career best 6 for 39 - booking him a place to the West Indies. He managed just seven wickets in three Tests in the Caribbean, and recurring injuries seriously hampered his chances at international level; he played just five ODIs after the West Indies tour. With his come back this season against Bangladesh in the test series and receiving a huge boost with a call up against Australia he will want to get his career back on track in this series.
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