South Africa in Australia 2012-13 November 24, 2012

Jacques Kallis doubtful for Perth Test


Jacques Kallis will bat in the ongoing second Test in Adelaide but the exacerbation of his hamstring injury is likely to rule him out of the third Test in Perth, starting November 30. The South African selectors are considering naming a replacement player as cover.

Kallis is suffering from a grade 1 hamstring strain which was sustained after he bowled 3.3 overs in the first innings on Thursday. He left the field immediately and did not return for the rest of the day but was cleared to bat. He could only come in at No.7, because of the time off the field but was only ready to bat at No.9. Kallis spent two hours at the crease, in which he scored 58 off 93 balls, 46 of which were in boundaries.

"Our physiotherapist worked on him and it had gone so well that by the time he went out to bat, most symptoms had almost been eliminated," Mohammad Moosajee, South Africa's team manager, said.

"With the time he spent batting, it would be fair to say that he aggravated his injury. He will also bat in the second innings and so there is no guarantee he will be fit for the third Test because of the turnaround of only three days. The selectors are looking at the possibility of sending out somebody else as cover."

Kallis was South Africa's third highest run-scorer and he looked only mildly uncomfortable throughout his innings. At times, he could only walk between the wickets although he was able to jog through some singles. He will not field at all. As a result, he will only be able to bat at No.7 again in the second knock.

It will mean a battle through pain again, something Kallis has become used to. During the third Test against India in Cape Town in January 2010, Kallis batted with a side strain which Moosajee then said was like "being stabbed in the ribs on every ball." He scored a century in both innings. This time, the hurt could be even greater. "That was different as we could use anaesthetic so it was just numb. Here, whenever he reaches forward or ducks under a bouncer or stretches, he will feel it."

South Africa have already suffered one injury blow on the tour. JP Duminy was ruled out of Brisbane Test after the first day when he ruptured his Achilles' tendon. South Africa played that match with 10 men and Faf du Plessis debuted in Duminy's place in Adelaide. Dean Elgar, a top-order batsman, was called in as cover.

Elgar's has yet to play a Test for South Africa and has only featured briefly in the one-day squad. His inexperience may be the reason the selectors are looking at someone else. With that in mind, one of Ashwell Prince, Justin Ontong or Neil McKenzie could be recalled in an emergency. If South Africa are looking for a seam-bowling all-rounder, they do not have much to choose from. Ryan McLaren would be the only obvious contender.

Other options may include moving AB de Villiers or Jacques Rudolph up the order and slotting in someone lower down. It's a complicated problem for South Africa to face on their first defence of the No.1 ranking. Either a series win or a draw will ensure they do not have to hand over the mace to Australia.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • sam on November 27, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Poetic justice!! with the rash of injuries for Aus atm it is in a way justice that the 2 teams vying for the title of no.1 and before the vital deciding test have parity in the injury regard. Not that SA has no other injury concerns but Aus has been a big deal unlucky with a few of their most potent game influencing players injured. Any how Aus clearly the best side although the scoreline- not that Aus are 'guaranteed a win in Perth with SA a quality side well capable of catching Aus short if below the best and Aus though have done well it's not to deny they have their own share of vulnerable issues- inconsistency not being the worst of them.....

  • Dummy4 on November 26, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    SA's team 1st January 2015. TESTS + ODI (of they still played)_ Petersen (captain) Elgar, Amla, Du Plessis, De Villiers, Duminy, De Kock (W), McLaren, Philander, Steyn, Phangiso. Touring team reserves. Morris, Parnell, Behardien,Miller, Ingram, Vilas (W) De Lange, Viljoen. Thanks Chairman of armchair selectors

  • Mashuq on November 25, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    @Neville Smeda: I agree with your alternative team but I'd still not play Tsolekile. Instead I'd have Peterson because Oz will definitely play Lyon. This is because the WACA has become more receptive to spin so Peterson would be more effective playing a Harris-type role. Likely team: Smith, Petersen, Amla, du Plessis, de Villiers, Elgar, McClaren, Peterson, Philander/Kleinveldt, Steyn, Morkel.

  • Dummy4 on November 25, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    With Kallis out for the 3rd test, SA have to take the gloves away from AB and (unfortunately) play Tsolekile. AB will now be the cream of the middle order, and thus can't do both now. Tahir must NOT play. There is something wrong when he goes wicketless at 6+ per over over the entire match - and he's our premier spinner. If Vern is not fit, then McLaren must play and leave the spinning to Faf and Elgar (both are part-timers, but I would not play Peterson just because WACA is a quickie paradise). I would like to see McKenzie in considering his prowess against off-spin, but Elgar must be given a go since he was there first (and he bowls). Rudolph will have one more chance, thanks to Kallis' injury (if Kallis wasn't injured, I'd drop Rudolph). My team is: Smith(c), Petersen, Amla, Rudolph, AB, Faf, Tsolekile(wk), Kleinveldt, Philander, Steyn, Morkel. Elgar in for Rudolph is my next choice.

  • Vikram on November 24, 2012, 23:36 GMT

    Please bring back Neil McKenzie!

  • Peter on November 24, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    Being at Adelaide, I saw a lot that the tv didn't show. He was in a lot of pain between overs. Every short ball he ducked, he limped away in pain. He batted brilliantly in his restricted role, but the Aussies always threw the ball to his end, just to hurry him up & it did affect him.By the end of his innings, he was limping very badly.

  • haris on November 24, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    Kallis's mettle and determination remained a keyfactor in his brilliant innings of 58. However, the team will definitely miss him in the 3rd test. @Gurram: you dont have to worry about Imran Tahir buddy, he's a gem for SA and you will see that in the coming years.

  • Gareth on November 24, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    @Gordo: I assume you're looking at their first class stats, which are misleading, especially Wiese's. Morris I can foresee being a mainstay of the side in a few years if his batting comes on... 140+ and swing!

    Here are there Supersport/Sunfoil only stats as both play most of their matches in the second team, which inflates their averages. Chris Morris: 6 matches, 168 runs, average 18.67, 1 50; 31 wickets, average 22.8; overall average 38/25. David Wiese: 8 matches, 446 runs, average 40.55; 2 50's, 1 100 (bear in mind this includes a high percentage of not outs); 19 wickets, average 36.4; overall average 40.5 and 26.5 On the other hand it's also ludicrous how few matches these two have played... Especially when a pointless cricketer like Kelly Smuts gets ample games for another franchise...

  • anton on November 24, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    I think Tendulkar's place in the team is in question now and if he keeps playing surely his average will go down further. Does he want to dent that? Kallis is playing almost (not quite) as good as ever and if he gives up the bowling I think he can get back to his best with the bat, at leats for another 2/3 years.

  • Chris on November 24, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    @anton1234. I think your comments are correct in theory. Only thing is there is no way Tendulkar will retire until he sees signs of Kallis retiring. More so than the number of centuries, the danger is the aggregate runs.

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