Cricket: Mckenzie answers his critics with 155

2008-03-31 00:00

Neil McKenzie, in most eloquent fashion, continued to answer his critics, including Cricket South Africa president Norman Arendse, when he yesterday steered South Africa to safety in the first Test against India at the Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

McKenzie batted through four sessions in extreme heat in hitting an unbeaten on 155 as South Africa reached 331 for five in their second innings to secure a draw for the South Africans.

McKenzie made 94 in the first innings to set a South African record aggregate for a Test match against India of 249.

In his previous Test innings, he slammed a double-century against Bangladesh when he featured in a world record opening stand of 415 with Graeme Smith.

McKenzie, consistently ignored by the national selectors, has spent the last four years out in the cold and this year his selection was criticised by Arendse, who wanted him omitted from the tours.

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