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Dale Martin Benkenstein, born in Zimbabwe but educated at Michaelhouse in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, comes from a serious cricketing family. His father Martin represented Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia); his brothers Brett and Boyd both played for Natal B, but it was Dale who first played for and captained both Natal Schools and South African Schools before making his debut for Natal in 1993/94 and the national team in 1998. At an early stage Dale showed his captaincy skills and was at one stage earmarked as the successor to Hansie Cronje as South Africa's captain.
Benkenstein played 23 ODIs, the last against Bangladesh in Benoni in 2002, but was never a regular member of the national side and for some reason was never selected to play Test cricket. Dale agrees that he never took advantage of the chances that did come his way.