England v SA, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 4th day

Kallis top of SA injury worries

Firdose Moonda at Headingley

August 5, 2012

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Jacques Kallis, South Africa's premier allrounder, is the team management's main concern for the remainder of the England tour. Kallis is one of three players currently carrying an injury but his lower back spasms are more serious than Graeme Smith's left-knee problem or Alviro Petersen's right hamstring strain.

Kallis will not bowl or field again in the match but "if he has to bat, we will make sure we get him through that" Mohammad Moosajee, South Africa team manager, said. Kallis was the only member of the squad not to make it to the ground on Sunday but spent the day on the physiotherapist's table after he hurt himself while in the field on day three.

"After 17 years of international cricket and with him being an all-round player, the load that he has to handle, there's no doubt his back will sometimes seize up," Moosajee said. "We will monitor him overnight and then see what further action needs to be taken."

Kallis has a history of back spasms and Moosajee said the medical staff are well aware of what needs to be done to ensure he regains fitness. "In the past, there have been times where he has responded in a day to treatment but sometimes it takes four or five days for him to respond."

This is the second successive tour during which Kallis has been injured. In March, he missed the third Test against New Zealand in Wellington after suffering a stiff neck the night before the match.

Jacques Kallis walks off after being dismissed for 19, England v South Africa, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 1st day, August 2, 2012
The South African management are again trying to nurse 37-year-old Jacques Kallis back to fitness © AFP

His injury this time means replacement player Faf du Plessis will stay with the Test squad as cover and not travel to Ireland to captain the South African A side, as planned. Du Plessis fielded for the whole England innings and will likely feature in the next tour match against Derby. Justin Ontong will lead the A side in Du Plessis' absence.

Having their second team shadow the national side in Ireland is proving beneficial. Moosajee said that if the national selectors feel there is a need to call anyone up from Ireland because of the ongoing injuries they will, although he is hopeful that both Petersen and Smith will not need to be replaced.

Jacques Rudolph opened the batting in Petersen's place but is unlikely to have to do that at Lord's. "Alviro is seven days away from full fitness and he will bat again if he is required to here," Moosajee said.

Smith joined Rudolph at the top of the order and did not show any signs of discomfort, although he will be fully assessed once the match is over. "Graeme is managing with a heavily strapped knee. We assume he has damaged cartilage or meniscus and I don't think it is something major, or he would not have been able to walk," Moosajee said.

The recent spate of injuries brings to six the number of players who have been wounded on the current England tour. Mark Boucher suffered a lacerated eyeball in the first tour match at Taunton which forced him to retire prematurely from international cricket. Marchant de Lange was next on the aeroplane home after he failed to recover from back spasms which ruled him out of action for up to eight weeks. His replacement, Albie Morkel, has an ankle niggle and was not considered for this match, although he remains with the squad.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by zenboomerang on (August 8, 2012, 5:02 GMT)

Meanwhile, getting back on topic - seeing as Kallis both batted & bowled in the 2nd innings, his low grade back injury should be fully sorted out by the time the next Test is played... Still another week+ to go...

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 22:31 GMT)

I was merely going by what Cricinfo have said, "Hashim Amla is the first South African of Indian descent to reach the national squad - his grandparents migrated from Gujarat". Now I don't know how many generations could have fitted between his grandparents and him, but I doubt it could be four.

Posted by Sandshoe-Crusher on (August 6, 2012, 15:24 GMT)

KH1902, please tell me the winning score of the test series you claim England acheived last time SA visited, or are you just another product of a failing education system?

Posted by kh1902 on (August 6, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

counterstrike1.6: this is a cricket forum - Jacques Kallis is a cricketer, isn't he? Or are you saying he doesn't deserve to be called a cricketer? Sorry, don't understand your comment. He's not above criticism. SA beat England the last time they were in England, with Kallis contributing nothing - that was my point. SA are good enough to defeat England without him. As for the greatest all-rounder ever tag, I'm totally baffled. How can someone be so great and yet his friends in the South African media think he's underappreciated. That's a complete contradiction. He's so great that noone notices. Sobers, on the other hand...everyone seems to notice his greatness, because he actually is.

Posted by no_second_chance_for_batsman on (August 6, 2012, 13:25 GMT)

Kallis should see Dr Eliyantha white (Miracle ayurvedic Doctor)....Hope Kallis gets this message from other cricketers......Srilanka player, Kumar sangakarra had personally thanked him after taking the runners up trophy of 2011 world cup. ..Wishing Kallis a speedy recovery. cheers, kumar

Posted by SnowSnake on (August 6, 2012, 13:05 GMT)

People should not discuss country of origin of players from any team because it can be easily turned around into different statement. For example, what does it tell about SA when its players have to leave and join England? SA origin players playing for England left at their own will and England did not make them play of it against their individual wills. If SA did not treat their players well then Steyn might end up playing for England as well. Although I believe that Steyn's best days are behind him.

Posted by SaulB on (August 6, 2012, 12:00 GMT)

@ corey- Sure but I'd still love for England to field Strauss, Lumb, Trott, Pieterson, Kieswetter, Prior, Groenewald, Meaker and Dernbagh in the same squad. (sure it's a little part timer and batsmen heavy, but think of the outrage)

Posted by satish619chandar on (August 6, 2012, 11:20 GMT)

@Corey Parr-Thomson : Do agree with Tahir thing. As you say, Amla is not second gen but 4th gen.. Even if you go by your way, Amla is "second generation" means he is born and bought up in SA.. He is same as a Bopara or a Samit Patel..

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 10:47 GMT)

Dare we say the King is getting a little older? Its sad but true, bowling at 140 mph and batting all day is not that easy at his age!!

Radicle solutions if he should miss next test, is give Albie a run.....the boy is talented and surely Kirsten and teach him to be patient? Look at Chris Gayle and the impact he makes for WI (at least they are "decent" when he is in the team and he is FEARED).

Posted by nosebreaker on (August 6, 2012, 10:43 GMT)

@ Corey Par....Amla like most South African Indians are 4th generation.....we arrived over 150 yrs ago.....we are 100% Saffers, we don't mind lending England some talent.....they need it......most of your good doctors, dentists, and teachers come from here!!!!

Posted by Meety on (August 6, 2012, 10:31 GMT)

@Corey Parr-Thomson - "...and Amla is only a second generation South African..." - that's an arguement? Mate if we started talking about 2nd generation players (do I need to say anymore?)

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 9:53 GMT)

All the commentators on here bashing England for having South Africans in their team seem to ignore the fact that Tahir is Pakistani, and Amla is only a second generation South African. Take away South Africa's imports and once again we would have Paul Harris probing away outside legstump.

Posted by atin45 on (August 6, 2012, 9:34 GMT)

It is very sad to know that Kallis may miss the 3rd test because a player like him makes a huge impact on both the teams playing. He has been rock solid with his technique in all these years but yes his age is a factor of his fitness issue now. It will be very difficult to replace Kallis with any player in the current SA team as only he has tons of experience in the team.

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (August 6, 2012, 8:24 GMT)

kh1902 - This is a Cricket forum. Don't waste your time here.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 8:08 GMT)

@A Be De - Confused here, What are you trying to say? India will send one of the 17 players as replacement to Kallis :-)

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 6:59 GMT)

Its great loss if he won't play 3rd test, not only for SA but for spectators and cricket lovers too. There is still 10 days left for 3rd test, lets hope all 3 are fit.

I see SA taking the series 1-0, lords would yield a draw unless the curators conjure result oriented pitch.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

@ kh1902 that's a hilarious comment! One of the great world mysteries is how much people continue to underestimate arguably the best batsman and undoubtedly the greatest all rounder of our time even after so many consistent heroics.

Posted by pie314 on (August 6, 2012, 5:48 GMT)

@MattyP1979 - Love the injury excuse. I recall English fans lambasting Indian supporters for using the same excuse for poor performance last year. Do I detect a hint of hypocrisy? Or is it ok cos if England does it? Btw, I do recall in the same game the South Africans were bowled out for 96, so at least half the Australian team turned up. I can't say the same for the English side last test.

Posted by prasadptne on (August 6, 2012, 5:31 GMT)

@serious-am-i..gr8 observation...even aussies also lost 2-3 players to enjuries..

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 4:59 GMT)

the best indian test team 4 overseas game......1.gambhir 2.sehwag 3.kohli 4.sachin 5.laxman 6.dhoni 7.irfan 8.ashwin 9.zaheer 10.aaron 11.yadav..........and the reserves are.....12.yuvraj 13.rohit 14.rahul sharma 15.ishant or sreesanth..........if the squad is of 17.........then no. 17.raina

Posted by satish619chandar on (August 6, 2012, 3:26 GMT)

I guess they can rope ion McKenzie as Peterson's replacement.. And, Prince to Kallis.. Will heavily hamper the balance as they will lack a steady fourth seamer.. But no other option left..

Posted by Gordo85 on (August 6, 2012, 2:53 GMT)

South Africa may have seen this coming and that is why Albie Morkel is in the squad. So my guess would be if he is not fit to play in the 3rd Test then of course Albie no doupt would get a game and not to mention he has been making runs in those warm up matches. Of course if Petersen isn't fit for the next Test then Faf would more than likely come into the team but then you would need to use a make shift opener like Rudolph with Smith and of course that is if Smith will be fit also.

Posted by kevin_se_doos_24 on (August 6, 2012, 1:47 GMT)

@ kh1902 on (August 05 2012, 23:55 PM GMT) - Are you saying the greatest all rounder in the history of cricket who helped destroy England in the first test with bat and at times ball, is no big loss to South Africa. Surprised your comment made it past the Cricinfo comment review...

Posted by theswami on (August 6, 2012, 0:35 GMT)

Easily done, all the Proteas need to do is announce Andrew Strauss as their captain (after all he has the requisite experience and it his homeland), he will make a fitting replacement for Greame Smith, Trott can make up for Kallis' absence, and if they think they've missed flamboyance in the form of Alviro Petersen, there is always his replacement, his nmesake, also from Pietermaritzburg, Kevin Pietersen ..... So I don't think Cricinfo need have written an article on "SA's injury worries",their replacements are as good if not better, injuries are never worries, if you're the Proteas cricket team, it only means drawing from your bench strength (a.k.a England cricket team).

Posted by MattyP1979 on (August 6, 2012, 0:08 GMT)

I have to admit that I thought Eng bowlers would do better in this series. Some are obviously carrying some form of injury. At least this has forced us into bringing Finn into the side again. Lets see how they fair tommorow in good bowling conditions. RandyOz, some teams can have a bad test against this very good SA side when on fire, seem to remember Aus having a bad one. What was it they got bowled out for??? Although quite weak batting Aus on the whole are better than that one test do you not agree? People in glass houses etc etc.

Posted by kh1902 on (August 5, 2012, 23:55 GMT)

Kallis is no great loss since SA have wicket-taking bowlers and batsmen who bat much better under pressure. Smith on the other hand would be a great loss, since he has the ability to score runs when the team needs them.

Posted by PACERONE on (August 5, 2012, 23:53 GMT)

England are still been lucky.Yet they still cannot make any impression that they are a good team.The S.A bowling would of had the bowling coach fuming.Too many half volleys and long hops.Kevin knows how to treat that type of bowling.

Posted by RandyOZ on (August 5, 2012, 23:25 GMT)

Considering England seriously struggled two get 2 wickets in a whole test match, I wouldn't think the Protea's would be stressing too much about one or two niggling injuries.

Posted by vrn59 on (August 5, 2012, 22:13 GMT)

Just another though: Ashwell Prince is in England playing for Lancashire and he's in pretty good form at the moment. If SA have too many injury concerns going into the third Test, they could consider recalling him. He is experienced at the international level and is also familiar with English conditions, and could prove to be an asset for SA in the absence of the injured seniors (although I'm still positive that Smith and Kallis will both be declared fully fit ahead of that Test ...

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 22:09 GMT)

@ woodhaven24 - Andrew Strauss, Matt Prior, Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott and Craig Kieswetter are all South African born! So I guess its South Africa vs South Africa. Its almost half the team... sorry no comparisons here

Posted by serious-am-i on (August 5, 2012, 20:54 GMT)

it looks like some kind of bad curse for visiting teams in England. When India arrived, they lost half of their squad due to injuries now it looks like same is happening to SAF. Hopefully players are fit for the final match.

Posted by woodhaven on (August 5, 2012, 19:54 GMT)

@ great ausssie--- saf has imran tahir, nz has several indian spinner, aussie has usman khwaza, so why u complain?

Posted by vrn59 on (August 5, 2012, 19:07 GMT)

Very worrying for SA! They should probably be able to escape with a draw in this Test match, as there are only three sessions of play left, assuming that rain does not interrupt any more play. It seems to me as if Graeme Smith and Alviro Peterson will be fully fit by the time the third Test begins, so that is a relief, although I suspect Peterson will miss the practice match next week. Jacques Kallis' injury is a lot more worrying for the South Africans as he is their most important player. He is the most experienced player from either side in this series, as well as the highest-ranked Test batsmen from either side. His role at No.4 for SA is crucial. His bowling is hugely imporant for SA and he is also a fantastic slip fielder. It looks like there is a good chance of him being declared fully fit in time for the third Test though, so I've got my fingers crossed. Else SA will have to promote JP Duminy to No.4 and bring either one of Francois du Plessis and Thami Tsolekile into the XI.

Posted by AdrianVanDenStael on (August 5, 2012, 18:58 GMT)

I would advise South Africa to see if they could call up Ashwell Prince as soon as possible. Not only is he a very experienced player, but he is in very good form and also has a good record in English conditions. Would be bad news for Lancashire though ...

Posted by karan99one on (August 5, 2012, 18:45 GMT)

this injury list highlights the importance of rotating players in International cricket. I think south africa and England must rest key players in the ODI series, and bring them back in the 20 MATCH SERIES

Posted by warneneverchuck on (August 5, 2012, 18:31 GMT)

Eng Is the only team who depend on other country players as they lack talent in their country

Posted by warneneverchuck on (August 5, 2012, 18:28 GMT)

Big blow for SA but stil this eng team can't beat SA.

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