Australia v South Africa, 1st Test, Adelaide, 1st day

Injured Kallis unable to bowl, but can bat

Firdose Moonda at Adelaide Oval

November 22, 2012

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Jacques Kallis left the field due to injury, Australia v South Africa, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 1st day, November 22, 2012
Jacques Kallis walked off Adelaide Oval after taking two quick wickets and did not return on the first day © Getty Images

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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Posted by 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!!

Posted by   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.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 23:37 GMT)

Paul Harris did a great holding job last time.

Posted by Chris_Howard 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.

Posted by funkybluesman 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.

Posted by leggetinoz 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.

Posted by Buggsy 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.

Posted by Nuxxy 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.

Posted by zoh23h 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

Posted by SpadeaSpade 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

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

I am English and i must say Australia are impressing in this series so far, home advantage always helps but Australia are really showing the world they are back. Still think you need to find your best bowling line up and stick with it but thats the only thing i can think about.

Posted by valvolux on (November 22, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

Simply awesome batting, but clarkes form wont last, huss is 37 and we practically have nothing but them. but who cares, still awesome batting. its a good batting wicket sure, but to plunder the best attack in the world hasnt been seen since we toured india in the 90s with the best attack and got belted. the saffers have some great batsmen and of course the aussies won here in 06 after england declared over 500 so this is far from a win yet. but what is with sa, india and england though - they get to number one looking unbeatable, then dissolve to looking mediocre in a race to see who can spend the least time at the top. this aussie team isnt that good, so ill laugh if we are back at number one after this. do we have new speed guns? or are there no bowlers left in the world who can bowl 140+?

Posted by rajpan on (November 22, 2012, 16:16 GMT)

Kallis's skills remain undiminished but body seems to have started complaining !!

Posted by Andy1102 on (November 22, 2012, 16:00 GMT)

@Gizza, well said. Tahir has been found wanting at this level and at this stage I'd take Harris with his lack of turn but great control over Tahir any day. Time to consider Peterson and see if Tahir can regroup sufficiently. Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan spinners a guaranteed test spot is available and waiting for you. All interested applicants please forward your resume to Cricket S.A..........................

Posted by therealutopianindigent on (November 22, 2012, 15:22 GMT)

No matter which way you look at this South Africa are in deep trouble. Kallis was the only bowler who looked like taking wickets. The old worry about South Africa's warm-up & physical prep at this taxing level rears its ugly head again.

Obviously the batting line-up feels 2 brittle with the second wicket-keeper in the squad, therefore they are leaving him out. In Australia you can halve any first class average and know that this is your worth.

This is Australia, remember. When was the last time any of your teams won a test series in Australia??

That's how tough it is. A batsman/bowler could have all kind of stats but this is a different level and survival is now the main theme. South Africa were in perfect condition the previous time but this series is now gone. It is all about drawing now. South Africa has fallen from still thinking about the series when they went to bed last night, to survival mode tonight.

Maybe Paul Harris wasn't such a bad prospect after all, was he?

Posted by PrasPunter on (November 22, 2012, 13:12 GMT)

@ Narbavi , yes , you remained whatever for 2 and half years.. oh ya.. you never left home ... You got out of your homes.... and the rest is history.

@ IndianSRTfan , I never said that we would dominate the way we used to. All I pointed to was how well we remained as the top one for quite a long time, unlike... And we shall be more than happy to get back to those ways. God bless Aus !!!

Posted by Gizza on (November 22, 2012, 13:08 GMT)

If Kallis is still able to bat, then the Australian bowlers will have to get Kallis and Amla out twice on an Adelaide pitch. A South African victory is already out of the equation but another draw is still quite likely. But now everyone understands why Graeme Smith had so little confidence in Tahir and dropped him in Brisbane. Not having a spinner is a huge hole for a number one team. You have to remedy that by having at least 6 amazing quickies like the West Indies in their prime (in case of injury). South Africa only have 2 or 3 at the most which is not enough when the injuries set in.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

Last time Ozs were on top they had a stable team that was peaking while the WI team they toppled was on decline. Ozs did well with a with sufficient bench strength and an assembly line supply that lasted a decade. However India which succeeded it was already on the verge of decline and had bowling weaknesses that were never addressed by the board. England rode on the momentum of Ashes wins but like India did not know how to consolidate its gains. South Africa has been particularly blighted in this series with injuries to its key players and the bench does not seem to measure up. If Ozs takeover the top spot it will still remain to be seen how they fare on the road. Hussey cant go too long and Clarke's form cannot be sustained that long either. Will the oz pacemen conquer subcontinent? The top spot is likely to remain a transit platform for some years to come.

Posted by IAS2009 on (November 22, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

Aussies played well and scored very quickly, this might be the key to test match, SA will play well also on this placid wicket with very short square boundaries. The wicket was so flat that batsmen were playing on the up, all you have to do is clear the infield and it is a boundary. it is very easy to criticize the bowlers they all look very ordinary spinners on first day on test match with this kind of wicket will not do wonders either. good luck SA. i want to see Kalis and Amla century. SA have to get early wicket of Wade to expose the the tail. Ausssies can get to 700 very easily though.

Posted by sawifan on (November 22, 2012, 13:02 GMT)

@Safalicious.. i hope that comment was in response to some of my over-confident countrymen. I still think AUS has A LOT of work to do... If, and it is possible given a few early wkts tomorrow, if SAF can get a 1st innings lead, it will be small, and AUS wont be battling to save the match. the thing in AUS favour is the speed they scored today. If the runs continue tomorrow, they will be around 700 by tea, and SAF will be tired, physically and mentally. Also, your batsmen are great, but usually score at a far too slow rate to really turn this into a SAF victory. Commiserations to Kallis though, one of my all-time favs. I hope he's fully fit for Perth.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

I really have to laugh at the churlish comments from our sour grape English friends who are watching the team that crushed them being put to the sword. It is even funnier the delusional SA fans who are talking about winning this test by an innings. I know it hurts guys...but you better get used to it.

Posted by Dirk_L on (November 22, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

SA selectors hang on to Imran T with the indulgence normally reserved for ageing England captains or elderly Indian or Australian "legends". What more must Robin P do to earn selection?

Posted by Meety on (November 22, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

@philvic on (November 22 2012, 11:46 AM GMT) - where is an over confident Ozzy?? Wes Lazerus is a Saffa & is being sarcastic. Don't talk about luck mate, Oz had 2 years of bad luck from 2006 to 2008 with injuries. Basically career ending injuries to Lee, Jaques, MacGill, Clark & Symonds. JP Duminy was terrible misfortune, however I suspect kallis was never fit on this tour & the Saffas lost their gamble. Phillander hasn't taken a wicket on this tour & so you were possibly lucky he didn't play. For most of the day you had 4 specialist bowlers available. "...the Aussie top-order is not test match standard..." This series, Warner 1 ton, Cowan 1 ton, & Ponting is a legend - LOL, not test standard, my oh my you got out of the bed in a tanty. "...One good day doesnt win ... a number one ranking earned over several years..." - the fact is it MIGHT! BTW - Oz's test record since the Ashes is superior to Sth Africa's - we WIN test matches, not draw them!!!!

Posted by Bonehead_maz on (November 22, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

Good to see Kallis will be out fielding first up tomorrow. There's no way Sth Africa won't be batting before tea. Two quick wickets and maybe by lunch. Hope also he can bat and not just (hold a) bat. Survival in first innings is a grave dig in Adelaide. South Africa need to score as quickly as possible while conditions for batting stay excellent. Very unlikely they will not be forced to play down the ground a therefore run a lot more than Aust did today.

Posted by Sarangarajan on (November 22, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

It is strange e that they continue to use Devilliers as wicket keeper.It was ok in England when Boucher got injured and he stepped in as keepr. But to contniue with him as keeper has already shown his 'fall' in his batting.The South Africans are in a leather hunt.Let us see how they bat facing 600 and odd. 7 batsmen they have in their line up.Aussies are slowly getting in to their groove.482runs in one day after having been reduced to 55/3- Incredible-just incredible.

Posted by thirdmanboundary on (November 22, 2012, 12:32 GMT)

Paul Harris, come back, all is forgiven. What Smith wouldn't give now for a spinner with a modicum of control. Tahir has been given a long run and has achieved nothing. Could Robbie Peterson have done worse? Never.

Posted by WonkyFNQ on (November 22, 2012, 12:17 GMT)

Let's not get carried away. SA had a depleted bowling attack and a moronic plan (bowl short? In Adelaide? Really?). That Kallis showed them the way to bowl and none of the others (or Smith) noticed, demonstrates one of their deficiencies. It is very unlikely that Australia will fall into the same malaise, but this pitch will be good for batting for another two days at least. We will see if SA's batting really is as good as its reputation. Perhaps they are, but then they will have to bat last.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

Everyone had a snide remark to make when India lost the Nr. 1 ranking to England last year. But looking back, they managed to hold on to it longer than England, and it looks like SA is going to give it up in record time!

Allan Donald raved about the SA attack being the best in the world......what happened?

Posted by Meety on (November 22, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

Sorry for Kallis, but I will put it out there, that Kallis hasn't been 100% fit all tour. He is probably under done as he hasn't played any FC matches since England, before the Gabba Test.

Posted by philvic on (November 22, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

Overconfident aussies on display here. One good day doesnt win a test match, never mind take a number one ranking earned over several years. Clarke is in great form but the Aussie top-order is not test match standard. They are very lucky to have found very depleted SA bowling lineup but the luck will hopefully run out soon.

Posted by Safalicious on (November 22, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

The last time Kallis was injured during a test, he scored a century in both innings. Lets hope he only needs one knock this match and makes it a double. Everyone is writing SA off like our batsmen will just capitulate. Not likely. Wouldnt be surprised if we take a 1st innings lead still and Aus need to bat on day 5 to try to stave off an innings defeat

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

If Australia take the world number 1 ranking from this series (and I dare say they will) then I really hope we can sure up our top order and hold onto it. I feel like it is a position really up for grabs at the moment, and Clarkes magnificent form can't hold us there forever, not without SOME support from above. With a resurgent bowling attack, all that is left is to get the top order steady and I think we can reclaim top spot for a while to come.

Posted by IndianSRTfan on (November 22, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

@Pras_Punter Australia are playing brilliantly no doubt, but it would be premature to assume they would handle the pressure better than others like last time they were the top team. This Australian team hasn't been out on road much and when they do, if they can show same performance, then they'l be truly number1 team. Till then its wait and watch.

Posted by nthuq on (November 22, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

A champion player. Let's hope that he doesn't injure himself further in an attempt to bat his country back into the game.

Posted by Narbavi on (November 22, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

@Pras_Punter: I know u guys handled it better, but do not compare our reign with england's because we were on the top atleast for close to two and half years unlike england!!

Posted by Jube on (November 22, 2012, 10:26 GMT)

I may be missing something but on the face of it Kleinveldt looks extremely ordinary and cannot imagine him being chosen ahead of Tsotsobe or Parnell let alone de Lange, who I think is injured. As for Tahir,the less said the better. Would believe there has been too much of hype around a bowler whose ilk and capabilities you would find in club cricketers here in India, Sri Lanka or Pakistan.Given the amount of cricket at various levels being played these days there's hardly any 'mystery' (look at Sunil Narine vs Bangladesh) left and any quality batsman aside from some of the English can play such ordinary spin quite comfortably today.... Feel bad for Steyn and Morkel though who in Kallis and Philander's absence are going to be even more overworked

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 10:26 GMT)

Wow one day of cricket and Australia are already 1) Won the match 2) Won the series and 3) Number one team and dominate world cricket for 10 years......And people wonder why I have a sense of humour collapse.

Posted by LillianThomson on (November 22, 2012, 10:19 GMT)

Sloppy thinking by South Africa. They should have drafted in Johan Botha as a second spinner who can bat.

Posted by PrasPunter on (November 22, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

@thoughtful_blabber, we Aussies handled the No1 ranking way better than the indians and english . I have a lot of respect for SA, for it is the only team that didnt lose while on road for 6 years. If at all they lose their series, would just prove that , while it is easy to get to the top, staying there requires something more. And fortunately we had that .. God bless Aus !!

Posted by HawK89 on (November 22, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

A bunch of injuries, but SA had 3 of their first choice bowlers and still couldn't restrict AUS when 3 down. If the AUS bowlers do well and win the series, they will keep the #1 test ranking for another decade.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 9:36 GMT)

The supporting cast has been found wanting. Tahir probably has dug his own grave. Lack of discipline, 5 no-balls for a slow bowler is cruel to say the least, may signal the end of his career. Kleinveldt was lucky to get in, thanks to Philander's late pull out, despite being pedestrian in Brisbane.

Posted by KunzMan on (November 22, 2012, 9:08 GMT)

Wow! This number 1 rank seems to be too hot to handle! Lets see what Aussies will do with it after this series is over.

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