South Africa news December 21, 2010

Kallis involved in car accident


Jacques Kallis, the South Africa all-rounder who scored his maiden double-century in the first Test against India in Centurion, was involved in a car crash early on Tuesday morning. He drove his Audi R8 in to the gate of a house in Wynberg, a suburb in the south of Cape Town.

"He has no injuries at all and is totally fine," Dr Mohammed Moosajee, South Africa's team manager, told ESPNcricinfo.

Kallis was on his way home at 12:30 a.m. and in an error of judgment drove into the gate, doing damage to the front of his car. "It was a freak, minor accident and there was nothing untoward about the manner in which it happened," Moosajee said. The South Africa squad departed from Johannesburg yesterday to be with their families over the festive season, and will reconvene in Durban on Thursday for the second Test which starts on Sunday.

Police arrived on the scene and took statements. Kallis was unable to drive his own car home because the front tyres were flat. His girlfriend, Shamone Jardim, arrived to fetch him and the car was towed away. "There is a dent on the front of the car but besides that, it's fine," Moosajee said. "The insurance will sort all the details out."

The all-rounder may be liable for any damage done to the gate of the house.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on December 25, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    his hair got in to his eyes...from mark :P

  • Ankit on December 23, 2010, 21:09 GMT

    I totally agree with senganal. Salute him. He is the greatest cricketer of all time

  • senganal on December 22, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    Sachin and Bradman are regarded as all time great cricketers but to be pratical they are great batsman.. The one man still being better than all but ignored is the South African Fame the most gifted player of all time Jacques Kallis, he has scored more than 10000 runs in both formates of the game, he has taken more than 250 wickets in both formates of the game and has taken more than 100 catches in both formats.. perhapes we cannot find such a lovely cricketer like him with sush amaizing milstones and records.. He is the true legend of cricket.. He is the real hero.. I think being a cricket fan its time for us to salute this man for all the acheivements he is making without being noticed to the world..

  • Dummy4 on December 21, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    @Cricinfo, Kallis crashed his car at 2:30 am not 12:30 am.

  • paul on December 21, 2010, 20:57 GMT

    Obviously can't hold a wheel like he can a bat.....Bad hair day perhaps!!

  • Dummy4 on December 21, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    @Haveyougotyourbox........Best comment bro...........:) Kallis might be just checking his drive and ended up with an uppish drive through the gate...:D

  • Dummy4 on December 21, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    dream on abdul bhai bhai, keep tellin urself dat u might end up believin it

  • Soumen on December 21, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    Er... Tiger Woods also had a minor car accident to start with, and then....

  • Ayzaz on December 21, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    37 test hundreds. you'd think that the guy would know how to drive!

  • Kean on December 21, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    @ Sehwagologist - Why must Kallis clap when he shook Tendulkars hand? Plus if clapping is so important to do in the moment why did only two Indian players clap Kallis when he got his double? Grow up and get your facts straight.

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