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SA vs WI: Proteas turn to McKenzie

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South Africa have responded to their humiliating 128-run Test defeat at the hands of West Indies by calling up Neil McKenzie to the squad for the second Test, which starts on Tuesday.

McKenzie has been knocking hard on the door with a number of fine performances

for his provincial franchise, the Highveld Lions, and the South Africa A side.

He is expected to replace Herschelle Gibbs in the side, but no word has been forthcoming about who will partner captain Graeme Smith as opener for the Test match.

McKenzie is a natural middle order batsman and AB de Villiers might be shifted up the order to compensate for the loss of Gibbs, who bagged a pair in the first Test and has been far from his best form of late.

Coach Mickey Arthur rejected talk of a panic after the first Test defeat.

"We've talked about what happened in Port Elizabeth long and hard and there is no reason to panic," Arthur told a news conference on Monday.

"We are just strengthening our batting, that's all."

McKenzie has had a great summer, making 182 with the bat for South Africa A against New Zealand and leading the same side to a 10-wicket win over the Windies.

West Indies captain Chris Gayle warned his side against complacency after they sealed their first Test win in nearly three years in the opening clash of the series.

"We know why we are here in South Africa, so now is not the time for overconfidence," Gayle said.

Coach John Dyson added: "We are looking for a repeat performance and some consistency. That is this team's next challenge."
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I just hope the Selectors give McKenzie a decent run and give him more than two tests if they want to use him as an opener
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