Champions Trophy 2013

Duminy selected for Champions Trophy, Kallis unavailable

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May 2, 2013

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South Africa's Champions Trophy squad

  • AB de Villiers (capt), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Colin Ingram, Rory Kleinveldt, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Robin Peterson, Aaron Phangiso, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe
  • In: JP Duminy
  • Out: Quinton de Kock

Jacques Kallis takes a break during South Africa practice, Canterbury, July 12, 2012
Jacques Kallis made himself unavailable for selection due to personal reasons © Getty Images

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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Posted by kc69 on (May 6, 2013, 20:20 GMT)

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

Posted by Lakpj 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.

Posted by caught_knott_bowled_old on (May 4, 2013, 2:32 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by mylife4cricket 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.

Posted by GermanPlayer on (May 3, 2013, 9:11 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 3, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

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

Posted by ifrakurshid 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.

Posted by DMJR 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

Posted by gibbs.175 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 !

Posted by   on (May 3, 2013, 6:48 GMT)

the team looks good but i believe too many spinners and quinton de kock should have been included he must be allowed to fail and grow like india did with sehwag because i truly believe he will be one of the greats

Posted by   on (May 3, 2013, 5:42 GMT)

A couple of days ago on Cricinfo, I commented on this article, in which I wrote (because I strongly believe in it) that I would rate Jacques Kallis as the best all rounder the game has ever produced, 2nd to only Sir Gary Sobers. Not having Jacques Kallis in your side in any format, is a massive blow to the team & the skipper if you ask me. His records speak volumes of what this man is capable off. South Africa still, a strong team, but if i was a punter, my odds for them now would have diminished substantially. I get the whole argument about him not being as fit as he was 4 years ago, but the harsh truth is that he is yet fitter than most youngsters. He is more than capable of scoring a century & bowling 10 economical overs in a game. I really don't think there are too many players in the modern game playing in this tournament that can do that. In counting players from all teams playing the Champions Trophy, i am confident there is not a single player who will accomplish what he has.

Posted by soumyas on (May 3, 2013, 5:20 GMT)

kallis was one of the best all rounders in cricket, but now no one fears his bowling or batting, he has become bits and pieces player. he has lost match winning abilities due to age, SA already have great bowlers liek steyn,morkel and already have great batsmen like ABD,amla,smith, so no need of kallis, even in IPL he is not performing great, KKR almost out of tournament....

Posted by CricketChat on (May 3, 2013, 3:33 GMT)

Kallis, like Sachin from Ind, is on the verge of retirement. It is clear he does not look really fit as he did 2/3 yrs ago. I think he has achieved all he could in the game of cricket. Most players would be delighted just to have one of his batting/bowling record alone. He should retire to save his body for a productive, healthy life after cricket. We may not see one like him for years to come, if at all.

Posted by Trone on (May 2, 2013, 22:31 GMT)

@Wayne Perry the suspicion of a quota selection is there because you create it. You ask how Phangiso is a better all-round spin bowling option than Van der merwe. Here's how: In the last tournament they both played in, the Ram Slam T20 Challenge, Phangiso took more wickets than vd Merve, with a lower average, better economy, and better strike rate. @ Zubair Maverick Haffajee & Wayne Perry In that tournament Phangiso's stats were better than Tahir, Morris, and vd Merve. take a look for yourselves:;type=tournament

Posted by soumyas on (May 2, 2013, 20:10 GMT)

@funkyandy, kallis getting aged and not doing well in IPL too. So it's blessing in disguise for SA and also opportunity for other players. IPL is full of yesterday's greats like kallis,dravid,ponting,tendulkar,gilchrist,Murali...

Posted by   on (May 2, 2013, 19:04 GMT)

@wayne Perry...No way is Morris a better bowler than Lopsy... Lopsy has an average of 23 and was at one point, not long ago ranked as the number 1 ODI bowler in the world. In seaming conditions such as those found in England, he EASILY makes SA's starting XI. Phangiso is also a better bowler than VdM. VdM has had his chance on the international stage and he has largely disappointed. SA don't need more all rounders, they need players that can specialize in specific roles, although, that being said, the loss of Kallis is massive. Hopefully Faf, JP and the boys step up to fill his shoes.

One more thing, Imran Tahir should have been chosen ahead of Phangiso. Immy has only played a handful of ODI games and he shone in all of them. That they don't at least include him in the squad is disappointing. Nevertheless, I have faith that my boys will bring it home!

Posted by Narabavi on (May 2, 2013, 19:02 GMT)

Miller is in a form of his life. He should play ahead of Ingram.

Posted by aisikitesi on (May 2, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

I bought tickets for all the 3 SA preliminary round matches of ICC Champions Trophy just so I could see Jacques for probably the last time in one dayers, and now he's not even in the squad:-(

Posted by   on (May 2, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

As with all south african teams - there is always a suspicion of quota selection with certain coloured players.

Surely Chris Morris should have been picked ahead of Tstosobe. He brings a better all-round package than him. Plus its pretty much a waste of selection to pick two spinners in England in June. But even so how is Phangiso a better all-round spin bowling option than Van der merwe.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (May 2, 2013, 17:18 GMT)

@ JamesTHEwalldravid. wrote that many, & SA fans in particular will disagree with him. Yes, we do.

ODI batting SRs rose over 10 years. Since Jan 09 Kallis' SR is 83 - 11 above his career ave, same as JP, 2 above Smith, within 7-9 of Faf, AB, Hash, 5 below Behardien, 14 above McLaren. His bowling ave is 31.69, within 2 of Steyn & Morkel, 4 better than Robbie, 8 better than JP. Lopsy @ 23.05 leads the pack.

Kallis hasn't SA's best or worst ODI SR, Bat or Bowl ave, but does have more ODI runs than anyone playing in this Champions Trophy, 5 wickets less than Steyn & Morkel combined, & 80 more than Lopsy, JP, Robbie P & McLaren combined.

SA exited the last World Cup after Jacob Oram took an almost impossible boundary catch, dismissing Kallis who had laid the foundation for SA to cruise home. But, as goes Kallis, so goes the team! Kallis goes, choke, out!

So, who AB would prefer next to him in the slips? A cricket giant with 125 catches & 19 years experience, or the flashy new kid?

Posted by 2nd_Slip on (May 2, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

Big blow not to have the services of the 2nd greatest allrounder to have ever graced the game.His batting,bowling and the sense of calmness that rubs off to the younger lads when batting with him will be desparately missed. This means one thing, Graeme Smith has to step up to the plate and make himself counted more than ever before and judging from his recent form thats really unlikely to happen. Would have picked & bet all money on Henry Davids outperforming any of the well known openers in international cricket,he is calm,has good stroke play and most importantly likes to dominate bowlers from the get go.Morris for Kleinveldt !!! no 2 ways about that one, dont know how the selecters missed that. Would have picked Phangiso if the turnament was in the subcontinent and I doubt he will play a single game,so thats wasted selection right there.

Posted by shripadk on (May 2, 2013, 16:37 GMT)

What does IPL stint has to do with this? Cant he have some personal family matters to attend in the future? He has right to his privacy. As fans we always want to know everything about them, but it is not our right to know everything. There could be 1000 reasons. His fitness is not an issue or he wont be playing in IPL, so it is clearly a very personal matter which must be coinciding with the tournament. He has given enough to CSA and fans over all these years to not be judged for this decision. Let the man be.

Posted by funkyandy on (May 2, 2013, 16:30 GMT)

So Kallis is available for a DOMESTIC tournament in India, but not available for an INTERNATIONAL tournament in England. That must be because South Africa are so good at ICC tournaments!!?! Another example of the inherent and ever-growing evil of the IPL. It may be a cash cow, but it will slit the throat of international cricket.

Posted by   on (May 2, 2013, 15:08 GMT)

This is the biggest joke Ive ever heard of. A few months back Kallis said hed like to play in the ICC trophy and World Cup. A few months later , the media releases article to say Gary Kirsten is trying to "convince" Kallis to play in the ICC trophy. Since he has not even played in a year, it seemed without merit. A team which has playing&building a squad without a player&is getting to a certain team, cant just slot another player in.Gary Kirsten then makes the statement, "we reserve the right to pick Kallis4tournaments,&he can manage due to his experience". So what will happen come World Cup time?He will not have played for nearly 3 years, then well all of a sudden put him into a team, and leave out one guy who has been actively part of team for the last 3-4 years?

Its just more favouritism by his friends higher up. Graeme Smith has also been performing poorly for 2 years, not being dropped.Kallis Strike Rate in all knock out games lost has been below required rate.Check 4yourselves

Posted by henchart on (May 2, 2013, 15:07 GMT)

Proteas are the best test side in the world but their ODI record especially in ICC events has not been good in recent years.I guess they did win the Champions Trophy in Bangladesh way back in 1998 but sides like Australia ,NZL and to less extent SLK and Pakistan have better chance of beating SA in England .Biggest worry for SA is quality spin and Ajmal,Ashwin,Mendis,Swann and Herath can trouble them in 50 Over format.Kallis 's absence wiould hurt them given the patchy form of Smith.Load is on Ab.

Posted by vrn59 on (May 2, 2013, 15:03 GMT)

Jacques Kallis is a huge loss for SA, but it must be noted that he hasn't played an ODI for the last two years anyway, so the team is used to playing without him. My starting XI for the CT would be Smith, Amla, Ingram, de Villiers (C&wk), Duminy, du Plessis, McLaren, R Peterson, Steyn, M Morkel, Tsotsobe. The only frailty in this team is the lack of steel in the lower middle order (No.6-7). du Plessis has not sparkled as much in ODI's as he has in Test cricket, and although McLaren is very handy with the ball, he is not the type of batsman who can play long, reviving innings in the event of a top-order collapse. He can, however, score some quick runs under the pressure of a run-chase, which is always crucial. SA's batting top five looks fantastic, as does the fast bowling attack. The spin options are steady if not spectacular, but will be adequate in English conditions. All in all, one of the favourite teams!

Posted by   on (May 2, 2013, 14:50 GMT)

I wonder why the most costly player of IPL Chrissy Morris does not find a place in the South African Squad.He is also a potential Bowler more useful than Dale Steyne abroad.

Also how can they drop such a young & enthusiastic cricketer Quinton de Kock has been dropped.! SreedharanM.

Posted by   on (May 2, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

The Champion Trophy is being staged in England.South Africa being one of the best & likely team to win the Trophy has now been deprived of the services of Jack Kallis owing to personal reasons.he had requested their Board to spare him .The replacement is Duminy who is equally good.but absence of Kallis the most consistent batsman of SA is going to affect their performance inspire of DeVilliers& Dale Steyn. Dale Stayne is dependable just in SA soil by virtue of which he is the best pacer today.But in England his records are not exemplary. So now,India under Dhoni has a good chance to make a fight for the Trophy,though Captain Cook who recently had unveiled the Trophy ,has an eye on it.Australia. with their recent controversies involving Watson& Skipper Clark who lacks practice do not appear to have much chance.WI is always unpredictable.

So no harm done if India fairly hope for the Trophy with a strong team in the batting line up with also fairly good Bowling.All the best Team India.

Posted by   on (May 2, 2013, 13:51 GMT)

How can I support kallis when he's been playing IPL this whole time? I wish we could get the full story, im very disappointed that I will be supporting my beloved Proteas without our stalwart King Kallis.

Posted by Robster1 on (May 2, 2013, 13:26 GMT)

Quite bizarre - surely King Kallis not the latest to be pushed out by CSA.

Posted by   on (May 2, 2013, 13:24 GMT)

Wow he has more MOM awards in tests than anyone and is 3rd in ODI's yet still he is not a match winner? some people are just impossible to please really!!

SA have been tinkering in the ODI format without him for a while now so he wont be that big a miss especially with Dumminy coming back and Miller seeming to have found some irresistible form. Still high hopes of this SA unit from me bring it on!!

Posted by   on (May 2, 2013, 12:34 GMT)

SA is still a very strong unit even without Kallis. I see the final between SA & India.

Posted by GermanPlayer on (May 2, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

Kallis, you have noidea how much it hurts to not be able to see you during the CT. But I hope this decision turns out to be good for you. You are a legend and a true servant of South African cricket. All the Gold in South Africa cannot repay what you have contributed for this country.

Posted by Newlandsfaithful on (May 2, 2013, 11:57 GMT)

Can't help but think there are deeper issues involved with Kallis. He hardly plays ODIs and T20s for South Africa at all, yet is 100% available for the IPL. Why is he reluctant to play in limited overs formats for his country? It makes no sense. Some might site money as his motivation, but understanding something of the man and his sense of loyalty (e.g. acknowledging Boucher), I think it runs deeper than that. I think time will reveal something that's gone sour. It's a pity.

Posted by PrasPunter on (May 2, 2013, 11:08 GMT)

wonder why the greatest allrounder must play these lesser ODI tournaments. Kallis, keep yourself fit and play as many Tests as possible - the real ones.

Posted by rajkumarvalparai on (May 2, 2013, 10:54 GMT)

the monster jacques kallis absence make we worried,he was in a perfect shape and a ruthless bowler.

i particularly feel no southafrican can replace my monster.i personally feel for unavailability of his performance.if the monster in 2015 world cup southafrica can recieve the world cup

Posted by   on (May 2, 2013, 10:29 GMT)

I am a big big fan of South Africa and ofcourse Kallis, the legend.. one of the greatest all-rounder ever produced in the history of cricket. who not only played / playing test cricket but also played the one day and now the T20s with great composure and technique..

I certainly miss him during the champions trophy but inclusion of Phangiso is shocking.. we need morris as replacement as fast/swing bowling all-rounder not a spinner in uk. Include Davids as opener, we certainly need an attacking opener if not De'cock but keep him in the hunt.. he is the future.

come on africa, win the last edition of this champions trophy and continue your supremacy by winning the WC2015.

congratulations in advance for both of the tournaments.. cheeeerrsssssssss..

Posted by soothsayer_dha on (May 2, 2013, 10:28 GMT)

Where are morkel(albie) & botha?They r two serious players and botha's leadership qualities add to the advantage. Don't know why they r not considered.Just coz they have relocated or released from central contracts does not mean they wont be considered.Sometimes CSA's decision making baffles me.

Posted by mahjut on (May 2, 2013, 10:24 GMT)

naz139 ... Kallis has been criticised in the way you say but I think actually when you look more deeply at Kallis' batting you will probably find the exact opposite of what he was labelled. Kallis was expected to be the batsman others batted around being the most technically correct and with SAs penchant for collapse in a brittle middle order (in Smith's early days). The team now usually get good starts and the middle order is now a spine and Kallis has upped his SR and no longer simply ("selfishly") keeps his wicket. Look at his Adelaide contributions in SAs last visit to Oz.. or his 50 in the first innings vs PK recently (his SR was considerably higher than the other top 6 bats). Kallis has always done what he's been asked it seems, now he's been given freedom. But actually, I tend to agree with the general sentiment: SA can provide a strong enough team without him and if they can't so be it! but it's not the blessing in disguise you say, Bouch upset the balance, Kallis creates it.

Posted by Soso_killer on (May 2, 2013, 10:24 GMT)

South Africa are done and out. We cant expect to win it with just two players i.e. Amla and AB. We were always going to struggle playing 3 batsmen (Kallis). Smith has been out of it and inconsistent in ODI's for the last 3 years. JP is not a pressure player and the lower order is too inexperienced.

Posted by CricketMaan on (May 2, 2013, 10:23 GMT)

Good choice, its the last Champs trophy edition so no big deal. it aint IPl that offers money as well, so again no big deal!!. Want to see Kallis in Ind-SA tour so good to preserve him for Tests.

Posted by hotcric01 on (May 2, 2013, 10:18 GMT)

Good squad.If they are not chocked,they have a very good chance.But they should choose right XI to play.All players should play to their potential. and must do well in crunch moments.phangiso,ingram,behardien are players to miss out from first choice XI.One of McLaren and Kleinveldt should play as the pace bowling all rounder.

Posted by   on (May 2, 2013, 10:15 GMT)

If you say kallis is not a match winner what is he doing in the team. His batting strike rate has improved since other more reliable players came to the fore. He can play the achor role and others bat around him. His strikerate also improves the longer he bats and he stability give the team the chance to get to a total. he is good at rotating strike. When chasing 360 you might have trouble but who are going to score that everytime against the proteas attack.

Posted by   on (May 2, 2013, 10:12 GMT)

SA has huge respect for Kallis and what he has done for the team. None of the SA management is even imagining a replacement for Jacques, you can't replace him. We are eternally grateful for his talents and contribution to Proteas. If he decides to retire from ODI, Proteas will support him but if he wishes to play, he will always be welcome. Proteas will have Kallis play any day. Anyway it is good to see JP back in the squad. Most of the players in the squad have proven themselves especially in the last bilateral series with Pakistan and New Zealand. Miller, Berhadien, McLaren and Phangiso have really proven themselves with big contributions in the last season. We wish them all the best as they try to cement their places in the WC2015 squad.

Posted by ZCFOutkast on (May 2, 2013, 10:04 GMT)

McLaren=Kallis? No!

No place for Gqamane ahead of Rory (easily on merit)? He is after all, twice the seamer that Rory is! It's not like we've ever won a decent Cup despite consistently sidelining transformation. After dropping Tsotsobe for the Aus Tour for unclear reasons, and giving the hapless Rory the nod, 3 out of 15 would've at least given the impression that you're serious about that area.

Why not Roelof van der Merwe ahead of RobbieP? Again, RobbieP is an inferior spinner to Phangiso, and if you were serious you would give Aaron first preference but then again because of all the chokers you want too much security with the bat so you sacrifice superior spin and forward planning!

Anyway, after 2012, this may just be the year. Steyn is proving to be rather tight, while not picking up too many wickets in limited overs games. If Morkel can be tight as well, and the change bowlers perform to their best there'll be plenty of chaseable/defendable totals to see us through.

Posted by Marktc on (May 2, 2013, 10:02 GMT)

There is no doubt that Kallis has worked on his strike rate and it has improved. But once you have a reputation, you are stuck with it. Still, I do not see SA suffering too much without him. I am also not one for selecting players who should be ready by month end and have not played for ages. How is his form of late? Anybodies guess. Rather select players who are 100% fit and who's form is not in doubt.

Posted by   on (May 2, 2013, 10:00 GMT)

@Deepakrio Ravikannan:

I think the Problem with Kallis is that he wants to Play all series but Gary Kirsten and Management does not want to Play Kallis in bilateral series as they are planning to mould someone into Kallis role. Because this is what Kallis said recently:

Quote Unquote Left Quote [Gary Kirsten] says he's preparing for 'life after Kallis' which makes me feel like I'm 75 years old! Right Quote Jacques Kallis after the South Africa coach rested him for the recent one-day series against Pakistan

I could agree if he is rested for a series and some Youngster is given a Chance to Play a series in his place. But if you skip playing Kallis in all of bilateral series and expect him to Perform come WC 2015, it would be unfair not only to Kallis but also to the Youngster who performed in Kallis place for so Long and yet denied an oppurtunity to Play WC or Champions Trophy (Major tournaments)

Posted by   on (May 2, 2013, 9:56 GMT)

Given the format, I reckon Mclaren will do well enough. I am not unduely distressed by Kallis' Absence. There is more than enough batting in AB, Faf, Duminy, Miller and Hash and Duminy brings a bowling role too. Steyn, Morkel, Lopsy and Mclaren with Pteresen as spinner is plenty.

If this team cannot do it then adding or removing Kallis wont make much difference. I am not sure of Smith as his ODI form has not been great recently. I would go with Hash and Faf to open, then Ingram,AB, Miller, JP, Mclaren, Petersen, Steyn, Morkel and Lopsy. If that team gets beaten then so be it.

Posted by   on (May 2, 2013, 9:55 GMT)

Smith,Amla,AB,Faf,Duminy,Miller,Mclaren,Robbie P,Steyn,Morkel,Tsotobe..That's the winning team..The more AB & Amla bat 2gether, the more 300+ scores!!!

Posted by ooper_cut on (May 2, 2013, 9:53 GMT)

Nice to see Phangiso has been included. Time for De Cock to find his way in the side too. Kallis may not be around for the 2015 WC, better to get youngsters in early.

Posted by naz139 on (May 2, 2013, 9:45 GMT)

I think its a blessing in disguise, just like when Mark Boucher got horribly injured, since then the proteas haven't looked back! Kallis like Sachin has unarguable figures and stats, which make astonishing reading, but if you look at them deeply, Kallis has been a conservative batter often accused of selfish play in and outside of South Africa and by many commentators. I really dont think Kallis the match winner people often make him out to be. Its time that SAfrica move on to fresher talent.

Posted by Sriram1113 on (May 2, 2013, 9:45 GMT)

surprised not to see Ablie

Posted by JamesTHEwalldravid on (May 2, 2013, 9:42 GMT)

Although many people and South African fans in particular will disagree, the truth is that South Africa's chances of winning the champions trophy just increased significantly. Kallis as a one day player is in my opinion very overrated. Amla, AB, Ingram, Miller, Dumini even an out of form Smith are all better ODI players than Kallis.

Kallis bats slowly and this puts pressure on the other batsmen to up the run rate. By the end of a Kallis one day innings he hits a few shots and adds respectability to his strike rate, but that does not change the fact that his slow batting has cost the team. His bowling is good, but he rarely bowls 10 full overs in an ODI, and even if he did, his bowling would not make up for his slow batting. The ODI team without Kallis provides a spot for one of the exciting up and coming SA youngsters who despite their inexperience will offer more to the SA ODI team than Kallis . I think SA have a very good chance at winning the champions trophy.

Posted by   on (May 2, 2013, 9:40 GMT)

Huge Blow for Proteas . SA should start hunt for a new first down batsman and a excellent All-rounder like him. There are very few Classical and real Batsman is left for the TEST Matches and retirement of Kallis will be the end of an Era for sure. Fantastic Player with no personal Interest. Phenomenal ambassador for Proteas and Cricket.

Posted by   on (May 2, 2013, 9:39 GMT)

I hope Kallis doesn't Play 2015 WC as well if this is how he is going to be managed (skipping all bilateral series). I am not sure if skipping bilateral series is a decision of SA Management or Kallis but whoever has taken this decision, if this is going to continue, I don't Think it is wise to Play Kallis in WC 2015.

If SA maintains No.1 Ranking before going into WC 2015 without Kallis, I would find absurd to include Kallis into the WC squad. With due respect to Kallis, from one of his biggest fan, it is too much of a ask for anyone to not Play ODI for 2 yrs, yet being given just one series to prove his greatness and bring back WC home!!!

I hope Kallis doesn't skip bilateral series. Maybe he could skip series Ban or NZ but definitely not against Aus or Eng!!!

Or skip IPL if his Body Needs more rest!!!

Posted by Romanticstud on (May 2, 2013, 9:35 GMT)

Good Luck to the team. Hope they can bring the trophy back to SA Also one and for all to prove that we are fighters not chokers ...

Posted by   on (May 2, 2013, 9:32 GMT)

Kallis not being available is a big blow to the team but, I feel it's time Proteas get used to playing games without "missing" the great man. Cannot leave too much on him especially when teams are looking to build up squads for WC 2015. Also, I think Quentin de Kock needs to be brought into the mix-up. If he can click, ABD's work load would reduce which will help the team. Other surprising inclusion for me is Aaron Phangiso. No better spinner in the lot??

Posted by manishksingh on (May 2, 2013, 9:30 GMT)

No one can replace the slot of Kallis , SA's squad is good but the thing is have to choose a Best XI in the first match of the Champions Trophy against Indians.....

Posted by landl47 on (May 2, 2013, 9:29 GMT)

It's still a very good squad even without Kallis. I'm wondering whether this might be the beginning of the end for Jacques; he's at an age where personal reasons start becoming more important than cricket (see Hussey, Mike). If so, it's been a wonderful career.

Posted by   on (May 2, 2013, 9:20 GMT)

Smith/Faf,Amla,Ingram,Abde,Farhaan,Miller,Mclaren,Robin,Steyn,Morne,Tsotsobe/Rory.My line up.If Robbie P is injured Phangiso.

Posted by G.Rahman on (May 2, 2013, 9:20 GMT)

Nice to see JP Dumminy agian in action.

Posted by   on (May 2, 2013, 9:17 GMT)

If Jacques Kaliis feels like he is not going to be fit t play WC 2015,he should call it a day in the ODIs.It is high time that the Proteas look to groom Morris,Mclaren and Phangiso.I'm not saying Kallis has been selfish like the others.You have had your chances and if he feels it is right for him to quit odis,Kirsten should let him go.What is Gary talking of negotiating.This is not a sale,this is a country's hope over a team to win a competition.He should not be asking Kallis to stay.Well in tests maybe,but not in ODIs.Also if Smith does not do well here,it is time for them to find a better opener,maybe Faf,de Kock or Roussouw.When teams look to get off to a great start ,SA mostly have a slow one because of Smith. it just hurts me to say Smith and Kallis have to be dropped from the ODIs,but it is time for frsh blood.They will understand that.This is their time to concoct a team that will do it for them and if they screw up.I plainly think Abde and Steyn can get them there.

Posted by meanmen on (May 2, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

Kallis' absence is a big blow for SA. Proteas will miss his all-round services in the Champions Trophy. Rest of the picks are good. Behardien, though, still doesn't deserve a place in the squad. I hope he doesn't get a game.

Posted by bighit14 on (May 2, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

Wonder whether Kallis will be playing WC 2015?

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