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Zimbabwe batsman Mark Vermeulen could play in his first Test match in over a decade after he was included in the national team’s 25-man training squad for the upcoming one-off Test against South Africa in three days’ time.
Vermeulen impressed the national selectors after he scored 0, 107, 36 and an unbeaten 47 in two four-day games against Afghanistan.
Vermeulen’s last Test for Zimbabwe came in March 2004 against Sri Lanka in Bulawayo.
However, till now, Vermeulen is best remembered for burning down Zimbabwe’s academy in 2006. Rather shockingly, he was acquitted of the crime on the basis that he was suffering from psychiatric problems, including partial complex epilepsy. This occurred after he was struck on the head by a bouncer from India pace bowler Irfan Pathan in 2004.
“I spent two years in court and another year-and-a-half out of the game so it was three-and-a-half years totally wasted, and at that time of my career that should not have happened,” Vermeulen told ESPNcricinfo in a recent interview. “I didn’t ever lose any love for cricket. I still think I have two or three years left in me and I think I will give it one last full go in the hope that I can play a Test again. I’ve become more determined because I know I don’t have many years left in me. I’ve become more focused.”