South Africa news May 4, 2014

Kallis will be there in SL - Hudson

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Andrew Hudson, South Africa's convener of selectors, said that Jacques Kallis will be a part of the squad for the ODIs against Sri Lanka in July. In an interview to an Indian newspaper, Hudson said the series could be an opportunity for Kallis to stake a claim for the 2015 World Cup squad, a goal the allrounder had expressed when he retired from Test cricket last year.

Kallis did not play an ODI between February 2012 and November 2013, but returned to the format in the home series against Pakistan and then India. He also committed to playing more games in the format to stay in the team's plans for the World Cup.

"Look, from a selector's perspective, Kallis isn't a certainty. We'd love to first see him perform and, then, come to the party. We've got around 25 ODIs between now and the World Cup, so there will be opportunities," Hudson told the Telegraph. "Kallis will be there [Sri Lanka]. After Sri Lanka, we'll be travelling to Zimbabwe."

Hudson also added: "Kallis is no ordinary cricketer and, whatever the format, he brings balance to the team. A batting all-rounder is rather unusual in today's game. He's in our scheme of things, but he'll have to prove that he's still good enough and that he actually wants to play at the international level."

South Africa's tour of Sri Lanka comprises three ODIs and two Tests, apart from a practice game, and will also be the first assignment for the side's new Test captain, after Graeme Smith's retirement in March this year. Smith, who was appointed captain the age of 22, led in a record 109 of his 117 Tests and he chose to call time after the Newlands Test against Australia.

Hudson said the decision on the Test captaincy would likely be taken by Cricket South Africa after their board meeting on June 3, and the plan would be to appoint someone for a longer term.

"We haven't decided.The selectors will take inputs from the coach [Russell Domingo] before making a recommendation to the board," he said. "[The final decision] Will be that of the board. We'd like to have a captain for the next three-five years. We aren't looking at the next series only."

South Africa were recently displaced by Australia as the No. 1 Test side in the ICC rankings and will be aiming to reclaim that spot during the Sri Lanka tour. After Sri Lanka, South Africa will travel to Zimbabwe for one Test and three ODIs followed by a tri-series against the hosts and Australia. They are then scheduled to host West Indies between December 2014 and January 2015.

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  • Dummy4 on May 7, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    Kallis is a great player but his selection can make a positive way towards WC cup ?. It is very important . So Kallis should think himself about ,can / will he play good enough to make a good / positive combination in World Cup 2015....Good luck

  • Tshego on May 6, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    What hurts the most is that SA has always had a team that is more than good enough to win a WC but can just never get over the line.

  • Jake on May 5, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    Yeah go Kallis. Such a presence. Maybe bring back Smith and Pollock as well.

  • yas on May 5, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    It seems SA are blinded by their previous failures at World cups. We had JK at most of those WC games and managed to looses every one of them. While his experience and test ability is not up for discussion, his inability to score quickly for a prolonged period has always been a glaring fault. SA are never going to chase over 280 with JK at the crease as he takes too long to get in and most of the time by the time his out he has raised the over rate to over 8/9 and given the lower order the harder task of rescuing the game. He is a great and should retire with the pride that he has served SA well. we cannot loose another WC with JK, rather with a younger batter and give him the experience that was afforded to Kallis without any success.

  • Sathesh Krishnan on May 5, 2014, 0:22 GMT

    Good move. Surely Kallis need to play in all ODI tournaments leading upto world cup next year. There is no doubt on his class, ability and contribution to South African cricket. He is an invaluable cricketer.At the same time he has to be in good form and get enough practice before appearing in such huge tournament. To fulfill his dream of seeing SA lift a trophy once Kallis has to be totally prepared and be fit and strong. Wish to see him try one last time and do it for Proteas if he possibly can!!

  • Sam on May 4, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    Kallis will be a crucial member in the WC 2015 squad on the top of the order. Good decision, hope Kallis piles tons of runs.

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    If Kallis is to play in 2015 WC....I hope he spends a lot of time in the middle and goes on diet again....his IPL form is atrocious

  • Binu on May 4, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    I think SA is the team to beat in Aus Nz conditions, what a team they are! Dcock,Amla,Dumini jack Kallis ABD,Duplesis,Miller Rayan Maclaran styne morkel tahir

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan who admires Kalisz greatly, would love to see him in action during the World Cup... Cricket deserves one more viewing of this grossly under mentioned great. Just look at his statistics!

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    Yes,Kallis must be there in 2015 WC Squad.SA want to win that WC and give the respect to the kallis what sachin had in Indian team.kallis didn't want to prove anything to anyone,he should directly be added to the playing 11 in WC SA's squad.

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