Pakistan in South Africa 2013-14 November 16, 2013

Kallis set to make ODI return


Jacques Kallis is likely to make a return to South Africa's one-day side after an absence of a year and eight months, in the upcoming series against Pakistan in South Africa. Kallis, who had made clear his intention to represent South Africa in the 2015 World Cup, last played an ODI in February 2012 against New Zealand. He was originally due to make a comeback to the ODI team against India, but when that series was curtailed from seven matches to just three, he instead will turn out against Pakistan for his return.

The national selectors have yet to pick the squad but Russell Domingo, South Africa's coach, said Kallis should be "available to play the one-day series against Pakistan." If he is, Kallis would probably be a straight swap for Faf du Plessis, who could be given the series off because of its timing.

Du Plessis will wed his fiancee, Imari Visser, in Cape Town next Saturday, the day after the two-match Twenty20 series he is to captain, ends, and a day before the three-match one-day series begins. Although both matches are in Cape Town, it is unlikely du Plessis will play the first ODI, but with no honeymoon booked as yet, he could return for the next two games. "We're still in talks about my availability," du Plessis said. "I'm not sure how its going to pan out at the moment."

AB de Villiers is one of du Plessis' best men, but will be available to play in the ODI series, although he may be rested from the T20s. Domingo indicated monitoring Villiers' workload as a priority over the next few months because of the heavy burden he carries as ODI captain, being a senior batsman and the regular Test wicket-keeper. "He is definitely going to have a break at some stage. He has [been] playing cricket non-stop since he was about nine-years-old," Domingo said. "He has a lot on his plate so there's every chance he will get one or two T20s off in the not too distant future."

The amount of international cricket means player management is something all teams are forced to consider, and South Africa are no exception. They gave Dale Steyn the first two ODIs in the UAE off to return home and rejuvenate, and allowed Morne Morkel and JP Duminy to return home before Friday's second T20 to rest as well. Rotation of this sort will continue although South Africa will also aim to balance that with consistency in selection as they look ahead to next year's World T20 and the 2015 World Cup.

They believe the groups of players they have in both formats at the moment will probably be the same units they take to those tournaments. The combinations have been sorted, and now it's about making sure they operate as planned, a department where Domingo thinks there is still work to do.

"In T20s, our thought processes with the ball [are] not exactly spot on. Although the bowlers did well, we're still bowling balls to certain fields that we shouldn't be bowling," Domingo said. "Batting-wise, Hashim has just restarted his T20 career and he is a work in progress, although he brings a lot of calmness to the team. And then it's just about our pattern of play and nailing that down properly."

As far as ODI cricket goes, Domingo was pleased with the developments de Villiers made in his captaincy, especially in regards to managing players on the field. The captain himself admitted he has settled in now and is happy with what he sees around him. "We have a lot of depth. We've seen guys like Wayne Parnell coming in and doing well and he is almost coming [in] from the outside so it shows you that there is good depth," de Villiers said. "I am very happy with the group of players we have now. I don't think it will change too much for the World Cup."

South Africa have chosen to retain the winning combination that swept Pakistan 2-0 in the recently concluded T20 series in UAE.

T20 squad: Faf du Plessis (capt.), Hashim Amla, Henry Davids, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, David Wiese.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Amol on November 20, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    Nxt_Gen: Centuries don't necessarily make a one player greater than the other just like Ducks don't make a player lesser than the other. They are just positive and negative spikes in the overall steady average of a player. So digging out some anonymous stat comparing Kallis NON-sub-continent centuries to Tendulkar's to prove how former was better batsman than latter, was a bit too much, especially ignoring the more VITAL stats like averages against AUS, the best bowlers of their generation, in and out of AUS. and of course a selection team would choose Kallis over Sachin ...if what they needed was a GENUINE All-rounder, but as a pure batsman there is no doubt whatsoever that they would go for Sachin leaves Kallis behind. (Just check their stats **IN AUS.**)

  • Amol on November 20, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    It's a shame that even after Tendulkar has retired after setting some massive benchmarks, some anonymous people still opt for pulling him down withOUT even bothering to check his great performances throughout his career AGAINST the greatest bowlers of his era,starting with PAK and then AUS and SA, in or OUT of those bowlers' own home-grounds. AND they also choose to ignore his phenomenal performance in the World-Cups. So such comments should be totally ignored or taken with a fistful of salt. As an opener, Sachin's job was NOT to FINISH a job but to SET a groundwork for it. Anyone who understands cricket knows this. Tendulkar was the greatest Batsman ever and Kallis is the greatest All-Rounder ever. Full-Stop. The reason Kallis is not the greatest batsman ever for me, is because he never had to face his own team's superior bowlers and the great ones that he actually faced, AUS, he did not excel against them. Plus Sachin's aggressive batting makes me put him ahead of Kallis as a batsman

  • rohit on November 19, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    @ NXT_Gen : Sachin is from India and hence he obviously played more matches at home but he also scored consistently overseas. you should compare Kallis record in sub continent as these are not friendly conditions for him (or check in Australia).

  • NXT on November 19, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    @sachin_vvsfan: I know these comments clearly getting out from what the article is about. But let me put it this way, may be the last comment of mine here. In TEST (the best form of Cricket) Kallis did score 38 centuries outside subcontinent comparing to Sachin's only 18. Look, It doesn't say Sachin was poor outside Sub-continent. This comparison is ONLY about two players. I'm here pointing out to what you have replied to my earlier comment. Clearly, along with All-round capabilities(Bowling+Slip) the better captains will always choose Kallis first for any squad.

  • sri on November 19, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    @kingsland You actually haven't watched him enough. And check his contribution against Pak in all WC matches. I still remember how some pakistani fans belittled his 175 against Aus(which we lost by 3 runs due to other batsman) And whats with rating. Lara , ponting too were out of top 20 at the end of their careers

    @NXT_Gen Flat tracks? then check how he fared in Aus and Eng and compare that to Kallis. Kallis did secure good average by thrashing some mediocre bowling against IND,WI,BAN,ZIm but hasn't done that great in Eng/Aus. Sachin was averaging ~57 after that SA tour but went down hill from there on.

  • NXT on November 19, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    @kingsland: Lol, you should understand how i said that.. Me too not impressed about calling Sachin a GOD.. Just a player, who played many ODIs and too much matches on flat tracks that didn't supported Pace Bowling.. For me,, It's always Kallis before anyone in cricket. Period!

  • Harjinder on November 19, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    if KAllis give good strength to the side with his bowling and batting ( not easy now ) that will be very good in WC 2015. Otherwise we should call Elgar or build good team.De Kock should be kept in the side permanently .and Smith must be dropped or he should quit himself for DE Kock .so this the continuously playing team until W.C 2015 ;DE Kock ,Amla ,KAllis /Elgar ,AB ,FAF , ,Duminy ,Miller ,Parnell / M.Laren ,Dale, Tahir , Sobe, philander. ,Morkel /Moris


  • Srinivas on November 19, 2013, 2:19 GMT

    Would be interesting to see Kallis' return to ODI Cricket.

  • zaf on November 19, 2013, 2:12 GMT

    NEXT-Gen@ You should shame on saying sachin as GOD. He played 25 years what he did, I dont see he even finished any game for india. His rating is 29 and avg is lower than kallis.

  • zaf on November 19, 2013, 2:06 GMT

    Kallis is great player, and very popular among PAK people . Hope SA and PAK will enjoy good cricket. SA playing with a world uniq team, yes what cricket legand VIV Richard said "PAK can defeat easily any top team, and can be defeated easily by any weak team"

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