Australia v South Africa, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 5th day November 26, 2012

Smith holds out hope for Kallis


Jacques Kallis will play in the third Test in Perth if he is fit enough to bat and field, although he will definitely not bowl. South Africa called up allrounder Ryan McLaren as cover but are hopeful Kallis will be ready to bat at No.4, even after it was revealed that he would have exacerbated his hamstring injury by batting in both innings to help save the Adelaide Test.

Kallis batted nearly two hours in the first innings for 58, and for two and a half hours in the second to make 47. He came in at No. 9 and No. 7 and had match-saving partnerships with Faf du Plessis on each occasion.

Not one to show much emotion, Kallis was in discomfort throughout his time at the crease and battled to run between the wickets. Still, he told team-mates the injury did not cause him even a fraction of the pain he had suffered during a century with a side strain against India in January 2011. Kallis was on the physiotherapist Brandon Jackson's bench for many hours of this Test and will spend more time there in the next three days.

"I know he [Kallis] is working hard with Jacko and I know he wants to be a part of Perth," Graeme Smith said after his team drew the second Test. "He is definitely not going to bowl but he could play as a batter."

If Kallis plays purely as a batsman, South Africa's strategy would be different to the one Australia employed with their allrounder Shane Watson. A calf injury had ruled Watson out of the first Test and team management had indicated he would be recalled for the second only if he could bat and bowl.

South Africa also have top-order batsman Dean Elgar in the squad as a possible replacement for Kallis, but Smith said they had not made a decision about who will step in if necessary. "If he [Kallis] is not fit, we will deal with it in the same way we have dealt with the other things that have dealt us a curve ball in the series," Smith said.

South Africa had suffered a major blow when they lost JP Duminy to a ruptured Achilles' tendon after the first day of the Brisbane Test. They had to play with ten men for the rest of the match and were short a spinner in the attack. They were dealt a less severe blow when Kallis left the field after bowling 3.3 overs in Adelaide. Although he could not bowl, Kallis was cleared to bat in both innings.

The Kallis injury occurred a few hours after Vernon Philander had been ruled out of the second Test with lower-back spasms that he sustained overnight. Philander was expected to recover in time for the Perth Test but given the bad luck South Africa have had in Australia, Smith was reserved about clearing him to play. "He is bowling and we expect him to fully fit for Perth. When we toss the coin, I will tell you if everything is fine."

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on November 27, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    simple - drop Rudolph (a passenger of note and I don't know why he's been in the team for this long? ) + drop Tahir, he's had enough chances and should hopefully NEVER play for the Proteas again.

    my 11 would be: 1: Smith, 2: Peterson, 3: Hashim, 4: Faf, 5: AB, 6: Kallis, 7: McClaren, 8: Robin P, 9: Vernon / Rory K, 10: Steyn, 11: Morkel.

  • greig on November 27, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    @CricHorizon on (November 26 2012, 12:13 PM GMT) dean elgar should come in for rudolph, and philander for tahir. then the bowling line up looks like steyn, morkel, philander, kleinveld and part timers faf and elgar. rudolph is undoubtedly the weakest link in the batting line up.

    Thats my team too, best team to pick as it has pleny of seam and spin options. The problem is they wont drop Rudolph and have a horrible feeling they will stick with Tahir.

    Kallis to me seems to be getting better and better with age and T20 definetly made him a more entertaining batter, lets not forget he still bowls at 140 kph, before he pulled his hammy he had the Ozzie batsmen in trouble. 2/17

  • Rob on November 27, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    King Kallis is truly quite irreplaceable.

  • Andrew on November 27, 2012, 1:21 GMT

    I think Kallis has NOT been fit since the start of the tour. So I think the gamble very nearly backfired on Sth Africa - they should get no sympathy IF Kaliis plays at the WACA & is re-injured. Oz would of loved to have played Watto - (a lessor quality version of Kallis), but ruled him out. @jmcilhinney on (November 26 2012, 13:05 PM GMT) - I owuld rate the Patto injury as the most impacting injury of the series. Many people were saying that Sth Africa have been hurt by not having JP Duminy bowling & Kallis who at the end of the day gets less than 2 wickets a Test. Sth Africa have had 7 batting slots & 4 bowling slots. Apart from briefly with Steyn - they had full acces to all their bowling assets, Oz had one quarter of their bowling options unavailable for nearly 200 overs. The impact blunted Oz's chances of pushing for a win.

  • Dummy4 on November 26, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    This highlights the farce of removing the option of having a runner - someone is going to get severely, perhaps permanently, injured as a result of this move. If they had to remove it they should have added the option of having a replacement.

  • Rick on November 26, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    @argylep and @flavoidastic - completely agree. He's a legend of the game, ranks with G. Pollock and B. Richards among South Africa's best batsmen and vies with Sobers for the title of greatest all-rounder. AND is a modest, self-effacing gentleman to boot. I'm sure his supporters are many. It's just that they (like the man himself) are not as vocal as those of other far less deserving players.

  • shahadat on November 26, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    Kallis's bowling form is superb since t20 world cup, his batting is also picked in this series, hopefully he is fit enough to bat. Kallis, watson and shakib are 3 best allrounder in the world. Tahir probably played his last match for saf, i am sure robin pietersen will replace him in the next match. My line up: smith, pietersen, amla,kallis, faf du, de villiers, dean elgar, vernon phillander, morkel, steyn, robin pietersen. That means rudolph had enough chances

  • des on November 26, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    Hilarious to compare the selection issues of Watson with Kallis, as Kallis averages over 57 and Watson is a one-day slogger. If Petersen is selected for Tahir that strengthens the batting even more, so it could be possible to select Tsolekile (despite his unacceptable batting) and lighten the load on AB. The sooner De Kock is brought into the setup the better - he bats at #4 for his province as a keeper and is 19.

  • Dummy4 on November 26, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    I my thinking; South Africa 11 for Perth test shold be 1) Smith 2) Peterson 3) Amla 4) Kallis (if available) otherwise Rudolph or Elgar 5) AB deVilliers 6) Du Plesis 7) Philandar 8) R Peterson 9) Tsolike 10) Styne 11) M morkal There should be no place for Rudolh and Tahir if every 1 is fit in the squad.... South Africa is currently number 1 side in the world and they should go with the Real Fighters not with the Losers. As a South African cricket team fan, I am missing Duminy badly...

  • Dummy4 on November 26, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Superb fight shown by the Saffas. Next test I'm thinking philander would replace kliendvelt and maybe peterson for tahir. Think they should try out the specialist keeper tsolekile and drop rudolph...

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