Champions Trophy 2013 May 3, 2013

Kallis' decision 'short-term' one, says manager

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Jacques Kallis' decision to skip next month's Champions Trophy for "personal reasons" was a short-term one and he still aspired to play Tests and ODIs for South Africa, his manager Dave Rundle has said. Rundle's statement is a bid to clear the air on Kallis' decision, which was explained only in brief in the official team announcement on Thursday.

"Jacques feels he needs some time out (of the game) ... in that time, we are planning the next two years," Rundle said to "He still wants to continue playing for the Proteas, especially in Tests, and his dream at the moment to go to the World Cup is still there. The decision taken now has no effect on his ongoing commitments to South Africa - this is short-term, and should be viewed as such."

Kallis last played an ODI for South Africa in February last year and had made himself unavailable for selection citing personal reasons. In his column in the Times of India, Kallis, who is playing for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, said he needed time to plan and organise to play his best cricket.

"At my age and stage of career, there are many things to consider outside the game and off the field, and I need to plan and be organised in order to play my best cricket," Kallis wrote. "I simply cannot go through the motions or take up a place in a squad unless it has my full attention. So it would have been unfair of me to accept a place in the Proteas squad for the Champions Trophy next month. I certainly have not given up my ambition of playing in the 2015 World Cup but, right now, my priority is to finish strongly for KKR and then take some time to reconsider my priorities and consolidate."

South Africa's selection convenor Andrew Hudson said the decision was taken at Kallis' request. "It was at Jacques' request and we are respectful of that," Hudson said.

Coach Gary Kirsten said that while Kallis' absence was a big loss, the team was capable of coping. "He's a big player but this team has progressed to a level where we feel comfortable with whoever we pick," Kirsten said. "Obviously, he is two players in one so it does affect our combinations but that's the way it is. He's been a great player and ambassador for this country. If he feels personally he is not up for the tournament we have to respect that."

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  • Dummy4 on May 9, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    What would happen if one of the youngsters has a brilliant run in the tournament and the only place is Kallis's spot? what would happen, does the player lose his spot to kallis or does kallis lose his spot?

    I would also probably have taken the IPL over this tournament but any player that plays well should equally take Kallis's spot.

    Then again I doubt anyone would be able to take Kallis's spot.

    Kallis is too good, we just have to live with his demands.

  • Mark on May 8, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    As a test player Kallis has an average of 56 odd..the highest average out of the top four, and he should end up second to Tendulkar at the end of his career. That is tests. In ODIs he lies fourth, with an average of 45 odd, the highest of the top 5. His strike rate stands around 73, which has improved of late. So these figures show his value as a batsman. But he is also a very handy bowler to have around. With his abilities and experience, we cannot pretend he will not be missed. Having said this though, I do not agree with just picking him on the stats. Like JP Duminy, pick playrs on current form. If they do not play ODI's , how can they be judged in terms of form? In other words, if you don't play ODI's how can yu be selected to play them if your form cannot be judged?

  • Rahul on May 7, 2013, 1:45 GMT

    @Greatest_Game....I don't quite agree with you in landl47 's criticism. He's right when he says Kallis may not be around in 2015 and when Gary said that the team has progressed to a level that they can cope with Kallis not playing is a positive comment. It just means that SA have a plan and have found people who could do a part of the job that Kallis does. and I have never liked players who choose lucrative domestic tournaments over international matches. You gave Sachin's and Ponting's example. May I remind you..Ponting has retired from international cricket and Sachin from ODI's. Still I never liked Sachin playing in IPL and not going to West Indies after 2011 WC.

    If Kallis needed rest..6 weeks of IPL could have been skipped. Or is he raking in as much as he can before the end??

    What I don't agree with landl47 is that Kallis may drag along for milestones. Kallis is much better than that. I am sure unlike Sachin, Kallis would retire when he feels he's not on top of his game.

  • Dummy4 on May 6, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    Do any of you speculators know for sure why he is unavailable. He may have personal reasons or ethics for his decision. It's always people from other contries who wants to say the most of things they know zero about. Let the man be, it's his decision. Maybe he wants to be with his family during that time or maybe planning to get married.

  • Dummy4 on May 5, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    I don't believe that any player, now matter how good he is, should be allowed to pick and choose his tournaments. Pick the format you want to play, sure, but not which matches or tournaments. There's no disputing that Kallis is an all time great, but he should choose which format he will play until he retires so that the SA team can plan properly for the future.

  • greig on May 5, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    Kallis, the greatest cricketer to ever live.

  • Varnendra on May 4, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    The most amazing thing about Kallis is his bowling. If he is thrown in with Steyn, McGrath, Akram, Ambrose, Marshal, Hadlee and Lillee for a 4 over competition against top batsmen like Richards, Lara and Gooch (I have not included Tendulkar because he is not good enough in pulls and hooks, Greg Chappel is a slow starter, Martin Crow was slow in the century he made against WI and Ponting for all the accolades was not really a top notch) Kallis would stand his ground. Kallis is a sleepy batsman soared to heigh levels because of run accumulation but as a bowler he is really high class.

  • Harjinder on May 4, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    HI SA fans ...i m southafrican cricket fan since 1992 ....Im an indian (now in USA) can some one tell me from SOUTH AFRICA what is actual reason behind this ...why did kallis do this...? thanks

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    Kallis will be missed 4 sure but Proteas need 2 plan ahead WITHOUT Kallis. What shocks me is to continue selecting Graeme Smith 4 the ODI's. Hey Selectors, he is past his prime & a poor fielder in the outfield!

  • David on May 4, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    A cricket career is finite - the bell tolls for all. Some hear it's first peals & soon depart. Others struggle on, deaf to it's strident tones, their legacy not glory, but bitter surrender.

    In the pantheon of cricket greats, two men stand apart - Garry Sobers and Jacques Kallis. Not the greatest batsmen, bowlers, or fielders: simply the game's greatest players.

    Kallis has played 508 games for SA, his service spanning almost 2 decades. Of his many records, none speak so eloquently as his unsurpassed test record of 23 Player of the Match awards, and 9 Player of the Series Awards.

    In the 1st Champions Trophy, in 3 games he scored an undefeated century, the 2nd most runs @ the 3rd highest ave, took the most wickets @ ave 14, SR 16.1, had best match bowling figs of 5 for 30, was twice Player of the Match & Player of the Series.

    Critics questioning his withdrawal from the Champions Trophy stand not where he does, & no bells toll for them. He has climbed that mountain. Let him be.

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