South Africa v India, 3rd Test, Cape Town, 2nd day January 3, 2011

Injured Kallis to bat only if necessary

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jacques Kallis' participation in the remainder of the Cape Town Test is likely to be restricted to batting in the second innings, if absolutely necessary. Kallis, who will "probably" miss the first two one-dayers following the Test series, was struck on the right side of his chest during his crucial 161, and batted with pain before he was the last man out. He did not take the field during India's innings, and will continue to sit out when India are at the crease in this match.

"Kallis has been diagnosed with a contusion to the right rib area and accompanying muscle strain," Mohammed Moosajee, manager of the South Africa team and a doctor by practice, said. "The recovery time is two weeks, it can be slightly less or more than that. He will probably miss the first two one-dayers. He will definitely bat if he needs to in the second innings, but will not take the field."

South Africa missed Kallis' seamers in the evening session, when Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar resisted their attack with a dogged partnership that left the match evenly poised. Earlier, Kallis' heroics put South Africa on top, as he batted on with the tail, despite being severely hampered by the injury which often left him clutching his side in pain.

"It was a little bit sore throughout the innings but you've just got to get on with the job," Kallis said after the day's play. "Most games you play, there is a little niggle and it was just another niggle. Hopefully it doesn't keep me out of the game for too long. While facing the ball, you forget the pain. Once you hit the ball your body reminds you that you are a bit sore."

Since it is deemed an external injury, Kallis will be allowed to bat at his normal position, if he chooses to in the second innings. India currently trail South Africa with 220 runs, with eight first-innings wickets in hand, leaving the game in the balance going into the third day.

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  • Amogh on January 4, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    To all those, who in their infinite wisdom, claimed that Sachin does not play well with tail-enders, does not 'shield' them a la Kallis: it's humble pie time again! Check out how Sachin shielded Bhajji from Steyn when he was on fire right after lunch. And let's not forget the quality of bowling Sachin battled through today...Kallis had it easier by comparison (though not very easy because Sree & Zak bowled well too, but not as well as Steyn)... that should put to rest silly comparisons between Sachin & Kallis- they are both excellent cricketers and great ambassadors of the sport.

  • Venkatakrishna on January 4, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    continues so again india is going to make a tough win in last game as if they won on the own standards. and media is going to keep them on the top of world. it seems nows a days team india just marketing the cricket. Is cricket can be sell in indian markets? and the final say indian team developing as old aussies team who are very much arrogant and try win in every possible way. i want my very genuine playing team back.

  • Mohan on January 4, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    Amending my previous comment. India WILL win. Harbhajan has given a psychological edge by knocking out 2 wickets. India has the momentum and are going to rock SA batting tomorrow. SA team is likely to choke, unfortunately - as they're not as strong in second innings batting. Watch out for Sehwag and Dravid, the two men who have had average series so far and the usual guys Sachin, VVSL.

  • JustOUT on January 4, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    What a day of Test cricket. This is Test cricket at the best. If anyone wanna watch a exciting test cricket just watch SA matches in SA. Last year it was SA vs Eng and this year it is SA vs Ind. I dont think any other place in this world will produce such an superb test cricket that displays the extreme talent of the TOP batsman and TOP bowler. Sachin is already proved what he is in batting, but watch this guy Steyn. I think today spell is THE TOUGHEST bowling Sachin has ever faced. Hats off Steyn and Hats off Sachin for facing him.

  • Rohan on January 4, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    its time to bring back yuvi in test team...

  • Dummy4 on January 4, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    There is a difference between a Bowler sitting out and a Batsman sitting out.Bowler needs comparatively more energy and stamina in comparison to Batsman.Further the Batsman coming out of the field cannot follow any miraculous strategy after resuming play whereas the same can be expected from a Bowler who spends some time outside the ground and can accumulate strength and have a strategical discussion about the nature of bowling and the field setting for a particular batsman.He can come and go off the field as often which cannot be expected from a Batsman. Last two days what will happen ? Day 4 will be one dayer of Indian Bowling Day 5 will be one dayer of Indian Batting It can be said vice versa and simultaneously also Day 4 will be one dayer of South African Batting Day 5 will be one dayer of South African Bowling

  • arun on January 4, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    @shokat shah - If you saw the big healthy edge, you would have also seen that the ball didn't carry to Boucher. UDRS would have ruled in Sachin's favour.

  • Mayank on January 4, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    @Shokat UDRS is as good as the camera angle/Software and a lot of other factors. It is no doubt an excellent technology, but would you bet your life on it? Also, no UDRS applies to BOTH teams and not just India. You get some decisions in your favour and some not. That is the beauty of test cricket. It gives you time to rebound if you are a good team. People may point to the match between India/Australia at Mohali in 2010 where Ojha was not given out and India won the match. Dont forget that Ishant was NOT out but given out. Its test cricket. Enjoy it.

  • Dummy4 on January 4, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    @ shokat shah: sachin indeed got an edge..but the ball bounced in front of boucher before he took it in the gloves.Watch the game properly.

  • Ashok on January 4, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    What a farcical heading!. How can a batsman take complete rest from fielding by pretending he is not fit and say he will bat in the second innings. Is this gamesmanshio or what? How can a batsman add 80 runs with 2 tailenders and hit the ball for 4's and act as though he is injured? Dhoni should have not allowed a substitute in his place. The funny part is "if necessary".It sounds so pompous that the deni God Kallis will descend to pull SA out of trouble only if they get into it. I hope India take it as a challenge and get the first 2 wickets soon & then dismiss Kallis for a ZERO. Common India so some gumption and do the rightful. This test is heading for a draw but make sure some honour & dignity is restored and the media is silenced.

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