Champions Trophy 2013 May 2, 2013

Duminy selected for Champions Trophy, Kallis unavailable

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jacques Kallis has not been named in South Africa's Champions Trophy squad after he made himself unavailable for selection due to personal reasons. Batsman JP Duminy meanwhile makes a return to the team.

Kallis's decision comes as a surprise. He was expected to be a part of the team after selection convenor Andrew Hudson said on Monday that Kallis was "available and ready to go".

Kallis has not been playing in bilateral one-day series, in order to ensure that he is fit for Tests. However, he has stated that he is keen on playing the 2015 World Cup, and it was expected that he would be picked for the ICC tournament. Coach Gary Kirsten had said that South Africa would reserve the right to turn to Kallis for tournaments they deem important. Kallis hasn't played an ODI since February 2012.

Hudson said that while the side would miss Kallis' experience, his absence was an opportunity for youngsters to perform. "Jacques' experience will obviously be missed but it does create an opportunity for David Miller whose recent form has been most impressive," Hudson said. "It also gives a young player the chance to make his mark ahead of the ICC World Cup in 2015."

Duminy had been sidelined after suffering from a ruptured Achilles' tendon in a Test match against Australia in November last year. While not yet fully fit, he is expected to be ready to play all formats by the end of the month, Cricket South Africa said in a release.

On Duminy's return to the team, Hudson said: "His return adds a lot of balance to the side and that, together with the presence of two batting allrounders in Faf du Plessis and Farhaan Behardien, means that we now have the option to go into the tournament with seven specialist batsmen."

Duminy's inclusion is the only change in the squad that played against Pakistan earlier this year, replacing wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock.

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  • Krishna on May 6, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    Watchout for David "The Killer"Miller folks.Just witnessed a massacre at Mohali.Future of SA cricket.

  • Lakpriya on May 5, 2013, 1:44 GMT

    Looks a good side on paper, but I feel without Kallis they could be somewhat over dependent on Amla and AB. Also when playing with India and Pakistan spinners may play a big role. But I think this team can move into the Semis. But from there onwards you can't predict especially with SA. there is always something when it comes to SA and knockout stages of major ICC events.

  • a on May 4, 2013, 2:32 GMT

    @StraightHit..who said Sachin is on the verge retirement! Please don't spread these baseless rumours... :-)

  • Dummy4 on May 3, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    Wasn't this already decided? He was not a part of SA ODI team since a year, and series with Pakistan was for preparation of Champions Trophy which was without Kallis.

  • cric on May 3, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    I think great players like him have to skip IPLs and continue playing for their nations,actually a weird decision from a player like him and it will be a big loss for the proteas!!!! And return of Duminy was not that expected but from Miller who has proved now that he can play in any conditions and he has shown that he is very calm & commited to any team that he is playing.

  • Jay on May 3, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    Kallis please come and complete 300 wickets. Then you can retire :)

  • Dummy4 on May 3, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    Smith and Kleinveld, why, oh why? De Kock, Morris... sitting back at home, yes very exciting - NOT.

  • khalid on May 3, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    KALIS absence is understand able its last year or two at the most and is not awarded to lead south africa which is sad yes his absece will have a 50--50 chance as their are players in line to help south africa but in very tough situtations kalis is likely to be remembered as he has a lot of cricket left for the one day mataches. Test and t-20 are his waters to remain swimming in the international cricket copmpetitions. HE is a great cricketer surprisingly un-fit to lead in any of the format t-20, test or one day cricket the management must re-look into the matter with open heart/mind.KALIS must be honoured before he leaves the international cricket for good.

  • Dilan on May 3, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    My team 1.Amla 2.Smith 3.Ingram 4.AB 5.Faf 6.Dumminy 7.Miller 8.McLearan 9.Peterson 10.Steyn 11.Morkel

  • Harjinder on May 3, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    something wrong between KAllis and SA Board ,because KAllis can sacrifice everything to play for his country.He is a great cricketer ....someone is responsible for it.......who? And why Q.D Kock did leave out......poor decision.......ssssss,God bless SA !

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