England v South Africa, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 3rd day August 4, 2012

Kallis joins Smith on injury list


Graeme Smith, the South Africa captain, will field with a strapped knee for the rest of the Headingley Test after being injured on the third day. But, South Africa have picked up another injury as well. Jacques Kallis developed lower back spasms overnight and will not bowl or field in the current innings.

That brings to three the number of injuries picked up in this match after Alviro Petersen suffered a grade one strain of his right hamstring. None of the wounded will be able allowed a runner - in keeping with the ICC's playing conditions change last year - and Petersen and Kallis will only be able to bat at No.7 and No.8 because their injuries are internal or after the amount of they have been off the field.

Smith slid while fielding on the backward point boundary late in the afternoon and dug his left knee dug into the outfield. He struggled to get up, hobbled for a few paces and then called for on-field treatment. Although Smith was able to stand, he did not stay on the park any longer and left with assistance from the physiotherapist, limping.

AB de Villiers took over captaincy duties for the remaining four overs of play and Robin Peterson came on to field. South Africa were already fielding one substitute, Faf du Plessis, who replaced Petersen. Peterson will now field in Kallis' place.

South Africa may be forced to depend on Jacques Rudolph to open the batting for them. Rudolph played in that position for Yorkshire and in four Tests last year. The rest of the line-up may have to shift one position higher than normal.

Smith has a history of ankle problems and underwent surgery in April. He was not able to play any competitive cricket for more than three months.

He and Kallis are the fifth and sixth South African players to be injured on the current tour of England. Mark Boucher's lacerated eyeball in Taunton ended the veteran wicketkeeper's career, Marchant de Lange's lower back spasms ruled him out for six weeks and his replacement Albie Morkel is currently carrying an ankle injury, which made him unavailable for consideration in this match.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Mathew on August 5, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    Eng too have had to battle with injuries, Swann/Broad/Bresnan all don't look 100% to me, but you make do. Injuries are part and parcel of sport, wish they were not. Even as a Eng fan I hope SA can field their strongest 11 for Lords, should make for an exciting test.

  • Dummy4 on August 5, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    Injuries to opponents is how England to to their dubious number one position. Last year it was Tendulkar, Zaheer, Gambhir, Shewag, Yuvraj and Harbajan who picked up injuries of one kind or another. This year it is Petersen, Kallis, Boucher and Smith. I am betting that Steyn is next on the list.

  • Mashuq on August 5, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    @landl47, even before the rain there was little except in the fevered imaginations of the misguided English fans thinking up fanciful scenarios to make people think that "the next two days [would be] even more nail-biting." KP's counterattack promised much but it depended on SA continuing to attack him with short-pitched bowling. Today (like all overnight batters) he had to start from scratch against a refreshed attack. England's best hope (in the next test) is to win the toss, post a big score and rely upon Swann. As @InnocentGuy wrote (referring to the SA injury situation "there's 10 days till the 3rd test. All's going to be well." This Saffa team does not do self-doubt because they need to show their supporters how worthy of being #1 they are! They'll stay there for a while because their opponents aren't yet good enough to challenge them, but their reign won't be talked up because that's not the way of their supporters (of which btw I'm NOT one) unlike supporters of recent #1s!

  • Rajul on August 5, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    England dominated against India, West Indies and Australia at home due to the injuries picked up by visiting teams, apart from the home team playing good cricket. What has happened in England during the last few series is amazing. The visiting teams have suffered many setbacks due to injuries and the home team has been quick to seize the advantage.Now things have started to go awry for South Africa too. Some special trick Mr Andy Flower?

  • greig on August 5, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    Spot on Randy. Even with all these injuries, England and their south african mercenaries still wont be able to topple the Proteas. We are heading for a draw and we go into the final test with SA rightly 1-0 up. What proves how poor engand really are, is when you remove their foreign import - Pietersen from the scorecard - it looks pretty pathetic even when you chuck in bopara or whoever else they can pick from their beleaguered reserves.

  • Prashant on August 5, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    Ah, this is ending in a draw anyway. And there's 10 days till the 3rd test. All's going to be well.

  • theo on August 5, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    hehehe.. Finally a chance for AB, Rudolf and Duminy to cause some damage... lets not forget Amla is still around. I say Amla to open then!! Smith can come in and play a pinch-hitter role to accelerate the run rate!!!! Gosh...... what a game that will be!!! if AB is still in at that time, its curtains for Eng.... AB bats best with 1 leg.

  • Bob on August 5, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    RandyOz... Nothing like a comment that might have been news 24 years ago to show that you're really not up to snuff with the modern game...

  • V.L on August 5, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    The only possible way England could probably win this test. I already see English fans licking their lips in anticipation. Unfortunately for them Smith and Kallis are fighters. The man batted for many hours with a broken hand in Australia. Special thanks to ICC for the runner rule. They are doing their best to ruin test cricket in every possible way.

  • Earl on August 5, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    The way their bowlers bowled on the 3rd day would appear that they were carrying injuries.For a top bowling team i have never seen so many long hops and half volleys.That was a very poor display of bowling.To think that only 2 English batsmen could take full advantage is also very pity full.Bowling on both teams has been poor.

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