Wednesday 2 January 2008 

Somerset Unlikely To Welcome Back McKenzie For 2008

Somerset have admitted that Neil McKenzie is unlikely to return to Taunton for the 2008 season following his recall to the South African Test side.

McKenzie, currently playing in the second match against the West Indies in Cape Town, played the latter part of the 2007 season with the LV County Championship Division Two champions as a Kolpak player.

His recall to South African colours means he cannot now play in that role and with Somerset having confirmed Justin Langer as their one overseas player, Director of Cricket Brian Rose said, "On a personal level we are all very pleased for him, he is a quality and proven performer on the international stage. Whilst this may mean he will not be coming back to Taunton this summer, we are in no hurry to seek a replacement.

"Somerset is blessed with a hugely talented batting line up which includes some of the finest batsmen in the world in (Marcus) Trescothick and Langer. But we also have some excellent younger players in (James) Hildreth, (Neil) Edwards, (Wesley) Durston and (Arul) Suppiah and they are all keen to demonstrate that they can perform in Division 1 next season."