CRICKET WORLD CUP: MISSING IDENTITY

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The following is a description of a player in the World Cup. Who is he? The answer will appear in tomorrow's paper.

THIS RIGHT-ARM bowler made his one-day international debut in 1994 aged just 16 and was the youngest player in the 1996 World Cup, helping his team beat the 1975 and 1979 world champions. He is one of a number of young players in his team, but is considered to be easily the quickest bowler, with best figures of 3 for 25. However, his economy rate is over five an over.

A good fielder and useful late-order batsman, he holds the one-day international world record for the seventh-wicket partnership with 119 against Zimbabwe in 1997.

His batting average before the World Cup was in the mid-teens with a high score of 41, but is sure to add some runs to his fours and sixes column. Look out for big hits.

His side are well fancied in their own country and his performances could make all the difference between cricket staying a minority sport or becoming as popular as football.

Amongst the batsmen in his team is a man who made a high score of 144 in an important tournament against Bangladesh in 1997 and could well finish the World Cup as his country's highest scorer.

His team lack a real pace bowler so his medium-pace when opening the bowling will be vital to their chances of emerging with some success.

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