Captain Hsieh Min-nan yesterday called on China star Zhang Lianwei to be his 'pillar of strength again' as Asia try to defend their Dynasty Cup title against the best of Japan at Mission Hills next month. Hsieh, who masterminded the stunning victory for Asia in the inaugural Ryder Cup-style clash two years ago, opted for Zhang and compatriot Liang Wenchong as two of his four captain's picks. The well-liked and well-respected Hsieh also named Thammanoon Srirot of Thailand and Amandeep Johl of India as his two other wild cards for the showdown from April 15-17. Thammanoon, who sunk the winning putt in a crushing 161/2- 71/2 win at Mission Hills two years ago, is one of five Thais in the 12-strong team, led by Asian Tour number one Thongchai Jaidee. But Hsieh is counting on Zhang to deliver again against a Japanese team who have beefed up after taking the inaugural clash too lightly and paying dearly. 'Zhang could well be an influential figure once again for our team,' said the Taiwanese non-playing captain. 'He has won five times in Asia and rose to the occasion two years ago by winning all his three matches. I'm counting on Zhang to be our pillar of strength again. 'Liang has also matured into a top-class player since his 100 per cent record in 2003. He is playing some of his best golf with two top-10s in European Tour-sanctioned events recently and also enjoyed a strong season in Japan last year.' Hsieh said the secret to their 2003 victory was 'teamwork and national alliances as I teamed players from the same countries together'. He said a strategy for their defence would be devised at a latter stage. 'I am optimistic we can retain the Visa Dynasty Cup as we have the best 12 players in Asia,' said Hsieh, who won 52 tournaments in a stellar career and plays on the seniors tour in Japan. 'The team is a wonderful reflection of the strength of golf across Asia and I'm sure the players will give it everything to beat what looks like a strong Japan line-up.' Embarrassed by their defeat in 2003, Japan have sent for their top guns, including three-time US PGA Tour winner Shigeki Maruyama. The eight automatic Asian qualifiers through a ranking system were determined after the Myanmar Open in Yangon last Sunday. Thongchai, who is ranked 57th in the world, topped the list, followed by Thaworn Wiratchant (Thailand), Boonchu Ruangkit (Thailand), Charlie Wi (South Korea), Jyoti Randhawa (India), Mo Joong-kyung (Korea), Prayad Marksaeng (Thailand) and Mardan Mamat (Singapore). Thammanoon, who won the lowest putting average on the Asian Tour last season, and Johl finished ninth and 10th on the ranking. Hsieh added: 'I believe Amandeep is a wonderful addition. He finished second in the birdie category last year, which shows his knack for attacking play. Thammanoon is one of the best putters in the game and is a tremendous competitor.' ASIAN TEAM Thongchai Jaidee (Thailand), Thaworn Wiratchant (Thailand), Boonchu Ruangkit (Thailand), Charlie Wi (South Korea), Jyoti Randhawa (India), Mo Joong-kyung (South Korea), Prayad Marksaeng (Thailand), Mardan Mamat (Singapore), Zhang Lianwei (China), Liang Wenchong (China), Thammanoon Srirot (Thailand) and Amandeep Johl (India).