Australia v South Africa, 1st Test, Adelaide, 1st day November 22, 2012

Injured Kallis unable to bowl, but can bat


Jacques Kallis will not be able to bowl for the remainder of the second Test but he will be able to bat, South Africa's team management has said, after the allrounder sustained a hamstring injury in the first session and went off the Adelaide Oval. His availability for the third Test in Perth will depend on how he responds to treatment.

Kallis had taken two wickets in 3.3 overs to reduce Australia to 55 for 3 when he aborted his run-up and immediately went off the field. He did not return for the rest of the day, and will now have to spend as much time on the field as he spends off it if South Africa want him to bat wherever they wish. If he is unable to spend enough time on the field, South Africa will have to push him down the batting order to No. 7 or later.

"Jacques has suffered a Grade 1 strain to his right hamstring," Mohammed Moosajee, the South Africa team manager, said. "He will not be able to bowl in the current Test match but can bat, we can only make a call on his availability for the next Test match closer to the time as it is subject to how he responds to treatment."

After the day's play, with South Africa having conceded 482 runs, their coach Gary Kirsten said the injury was one Kallis had not had before. "We don't really know what it is yet. He is a little bit sore. He made a wise decision in that as soon as he felt a twinge, he got off the park."

South Africa's other injury concern is Vernon Philander, who was ruled out of the second Test this morning and Rory Kleinveldt had to fill in. Kirsten was in the hotel lift on the way to breakfast when he got the message that Philander had woken up with a bad back.

"He got out of bed this morning and he couldn't bend. That probably hasn't happened to many of us. It only happened to me once," Kirsten said. "You feel a lock, a spasm and usually it doesn't last long. We hoped it would ease in the time that we woke up to when we had to go to the ground but it didn't."

A scan revealed Philander's injury to be less serious. "Vernon's scan reveals nothing more than a lower lumbar muscle strain as initially suspected," Moosajee said. "He will receive treatment and undergo rehabilitation during the course of the current Test match and we are hopeful he will be fit for the final Test in Perth."

During the final session of the first day, Dale Steyn also went off the field in the middle of his 15th over, with a tight left hamstring. He was treated in the dressing room and returned shortly after. He bowled again and took the wicket of Michael Hussey to end the day. Kirsten was confident Steyn's niggle will not recur. "He came back onto the field and he felt okay, so I think he is fine."

1000GMT This story was updated after the results of Jacques Kallis and Vernon Philander's MRI scans were out

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • narbavi on November 23, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    @Pras_Punter: Well why don't u mention the build up we had to the top, we won in england and we played really well in australia, series wins in newzealand as well!!

  • Dummy4 on November 22, 2012, 23:52 GMT

    Its the first day of the test. Obviously a batting pitch. who says the Proteas cant match the score in two days, even the odds and get a small lead with two days to go. A draw would be better for them than a loss. They can then try on winning the 3rd test and win the series. Just seems premature to talk about an Aussie victory on the strength of one innings, when there are three more to go. The other reality is that the Aussies were allowed to score at will. If SA tighten up on the full tosses etc( and they will), Aussies will face a different bowling attitude. To all the Kangaroos, reserve your excitement/depression/heart attacks for end of day 3.

  • Dummy4 on November 22, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    Paul Harris did a great holding job last time.

  • Chris on November 22, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    The media have been a bit harsh on RSA. I know Australia batted well, but you make hay while the sun shines. I'm Aussie and I don't care what anyone says, no team can lose 3 of their best 4 bowlers and be expected to still bowl just as good. Imagine Australia of 10 years ago having 3 of it's best 4 bowlers suffer similarly? Remember we lost just McGrath before a 2005 Ashes Test and weren't the same.

  • Chris on November 22, 2012, 22:50 GMT

    It's a bit scary for South Africa that they come into this series talking about having the best pace attack in the world, but Kallis has been by far their best performer in this series and once he's injured the bowlers just seem lost.

    The bounce is true, but the ball is swinging, seaming and spinning on this pitch. There is enough there for the bowlers if they bowl well. But they've just come up with rubbish to this point.

    It's yet to be seen whether the Aussies will make use of the swing in a way the Saffa's didn't. I think leaving Starc out could have been a mistake. He has the height, bounce, pace and swing. Hilfenhaus really needs to seriously lift his game to warrant the faith that has been shown in him.

  • Andrew on November 22, 2012, 22:50 GMT

    I hope Kallis does get to play a part in this match, shame he won't be fully fit as if we win then i want it to be because we simply deserved it and that SA have no excuses as it could potentially lead to Australia being number 1 and it is obvious now that if we do many will say "it is only because South Africa had injuries".

    It seems that both teams had fitness issues with their all-rounders. Where Australia played it cautious and didn't play Watson, SA decided to gamble and it didn't pay off. He looked like their best bowler and he is one of the greatest batsmen around so it is a big blow.

    If watson can get fit then i think we have a decent team and a captain that seems to be able to get the best out of them. Some need to be more consistent and confident but this will come. I am willing to give Ponting another go, he looked good against India earlier in the year and was looking good for Tasmania.

  • Luke on November 22, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    Well looks as though the Kallis gamble has finally gone sour. The South Africans knew he wasn't fully fit, but played him anyway.

  • Ross on November 22, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    I know I'm not the only South African who is glad today happened. Credit to Pup and his great run, but shame on SA for the tripe they bowled, here and at the Gabba. It has been ruthlessly exposed.

    Please also realize that there are many Saffa fans who don't agree with the team selections. Tahir has until the end of this tour. AB should not keep, nor should Tsolekile. Rudolph should only compete for an opener's spot - it should be him or Alviro, not both. Faf should have been in the team last season, as a batsman, maybe a 6th bowler. And Kleineveldt has only himself to blame...line and length is not some unique requirement at the top level. But then we don't get a say in team selection, only a whine on forums like this.

  • zohaib on November 22, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    No wonder test cricket is boring despite a contest between 2 elite teams.. NBA,NFL, NHL and even t20 cricket a crowd puller because its 3 hours of entertainment and a winner is quranteed.. with test cricket they play 5 days and the result is not guranteed.. test cricket should only be played at green pitches

  • ashley on November 22, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    Never judge a game until both sides have had a bat.

    The pitch was flat no doubt, but pup had his fair share of luck today, he played and missed aswell as edgeing the ball quiet alot for a guy who scored a double.

    Morkel didn't deserve those figures , he bowled without any luck today.

    Go Aussie

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