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South African World Cup team arrives in India

Chennai: Strong World Cup contenders South Africa, led by Graeme Smith, arrived here this morning and will soon start the preparations for the mega event, which they have never won.

Presence of in—form Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and JP Duminy in the batting line up and a fierce pace attack, featuring world number one bowler Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Lonwabo Tsotsobe makes them a formidable side.

The South Africans are high on confidence after beating India 3—2 in the recent ODI series.

They have been drawn in Group—B along with India, England, West Indies, Bangladesh and minnows Ireland and Netherlands.

They will play a warm up match against Zimbabwe here on February 12. Their opening match is against the West Indies at Feroz Shah Kotla ground in New Delhi on February 24.

Squad: Graeme Smith (C), Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Morne van Wyk (wk), Colin Ingram, Johan Botha, Imran Tahir, Robin Peterson, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Dale Steyn and Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

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