Hall is Test cricket’s version of the Supersub

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hallAndrew Hall has seized the opportunity to play international cricket with both hands. He won a place in South Africa’s one-day side against the West Indies in 1999. He played only one match and appeared to have slipped out of the selectors’ minds until Australia arrived in April 2003 for three ODIs.

With Herschelle Gibbs struggling for form, Hall was given a match as Gary Kirsten’s opening partner. Against the world’s fastest bowler, Brett Lee, Hall looked the part, scoring a composed 46 and it was enough to win him a place in the South African squad for Sri Lanka.

An all-rounder, Hall was initially seen as a bowler who batted down the order. During the 2003 England tour, Hall cemented himself as a valuable member of the side. A late call-up to the squad, Hall took 16 wickets in the series, and ensured South Africa won at Headingley with a buccaneering 99 not out.

As a tidy medium-pacer, he has opened the bowling for Gauteng on a semi-regular basis, but it has been his batting, combined with a wonderfully competitive approach to the game, that has given him international recognition.

During the Test series against Pakistan earlier this year, Hall was a constant source of drive for his team-mates, picked up the vital wickets of Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Yousuf at Newlands, and looked almost like Test cricket’s version of the Supersub — can come in to do many jobs.

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