Australia in South Africa 2005-06 March 6, 2006

Kallis cleared for Test series

Cricinfo staff



Jacques Kallis last played on the tour of Australia in January © Getty Images

Jacques Kallis has joined the South Africa one-day squad for the remaining two matches after recovering from an elbow injury, but it is likely that he will be saved for the three Tests. Kallis, who was forced off the tour of Australia by the problem, has made smooth progress with his rehabilitation and was tipped to return in the final two limited-overs games at Durban on Friday and Johannesburg on Sunday.

The convener of selectors, Haroon Lorgat, said: "Jacques has made a steady recovery and it would be great if he were able to play on Friday as he is a key component in the squad, but we will not push him unnecessarily. It is crucial that he is 100 percent ready for the upcoming Test series."

Australia recovered from the two losses to start the five-match series with a more composed performance from their bowlers after reaching 6 for 254 with half-centuries to Ricky Ponting and Damien Martyn. Despite the setback Graeme Smith said his team was still confident.

"Australia bowled well, especially in the first 20 overs," he said. "We lacked a partnership up front. If we could have just got one partnership in our top five chasing 250, I think we would have cruised."

Brett Lee regained his spark with 4 for 48 in nine overs and added Smith's wicket for the sixth time this summer. "You can never take him for granted," Smith said. "Certainly we've had the better of him in the last few games and moving on to Durban it's going to be another challenge." The first Test starts at Cape Town on March 16.

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