Cricket: Marshall remembered

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SOUTH AFRICA will pay tribute to Malcolm Marshall, the West Indian fast bowler who died of cancer last week, during the second Test against Zimbabwe which begins today in Harare.

"We'll probably try and get some armbands on, although the team has yet to decide," Lance Klusener, South Africa's all-rounder, said. "But definitely we'll do something for Malcolm." Klusener, Shaun Pollock, Jonty Rhodes and the coach Graham Ford all benefited from Marshall's experience when the West Indian spent four seasons coaching in their province of Natal. "He played an enormous role with me and Shaun, as well as with Graham," Klusener said. "He was a godsend from our point of view. To have a legend like that to be able to lean on and bounce ideas off was awesome."

Klusener has a chance to display what Marshall taught him because he will be have additional bowling responsibilities in the Test following an injury to Jacques Kallis. The man of the match in the first Test, Kallis will play but not bowl.

Klusener was used as a stock bowler by the captain Hansie Cronje and is looking forward to the change. "In Bloemfontein we were just looking to block up an end with me and give the other guys a rest," he said. "Obviously it depends on what Hansie wants but hopefully I can get out of that sort of boring role in this game."

Zimbabwe are still taking stock of Alistair Campbell's sudden resignation as captain. Campbell was unhappy with his form and recent team performances. Andy Flower will take over for the rest of the season.

Zimbabwe (from): *A Flower, G W Flower, M W Goodwin, A D R Campbell, N Johnson, T R Gripper, S V Carlisle, G J Whittall, H K Olonga, B C Strang, M Mbangwa, R W Price, E Z Matambanadzo.

South Africa: A M Bacher, B H H Dippenaar, J H Kallis, D J Cullinan, *W J Cronje, J N Rhodes, S M Pollock, M V Boucher, L Klusener, A A Donald, P R Adams.