South Africa news December 21, 2010

Kallis involved in car accident

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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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  • on December 25, 2010, 14:14 GMT

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

  • PrinceA 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..

  • on December 21, 2010, 21:36 GMT

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

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

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

  • 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

  • on December 21, 2010, 16:39 GMT

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

  • sbansban 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!

  • Tsotsi 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.

  • on December 25, 2010, 14:14 GMT

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

  • PrinceA 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..

  • on December 21, 2010, 21:36 GMT

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

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

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

  • 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

  • on December 21, 2010, 16:39 GMT

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

  • sbansban 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!

  • Tsotsi 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.

  • SurlyCynic on December 21, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    Wonder if he was breathalysed... sure if a 'normal' citizen had done this he would have been tested.

  • saltmine on December 21, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    As long as an 'irate girlfriend' and a golf club are not involved... I'm happy!

  • vpk23 on December 21, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    Not a hair raising incident. Just a dent! Perfectly ok. Beer is the 12th man of Aus just a soft reminder..

  • Perplexed on December 21, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    Minor car accidents happen all the time, so I don't see why this is news.

  • JustOUT on December 21, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    might be the consequences of his double hundred. haha. lucky he is not hurt. Otherwise Sreesanth n Ishant will be spared.

  • battuss on December 21, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    Careful Jacquesi...You have been a great player. SA will need you for next 2 tests against India...

  • HaveYouGotYourBox on December 21, 2010, 11:47 GMT

    Was probably an off-drive!

  • KingofRedLions on December 21, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    Better taste in cars than hair.

  • on December 21, 2010, 11:11 GMT

    Been up celebrating victory and double hundred?? ;) hehe Thank god it's not in Australia, they would have definitely checked the fluid intake. lol Glad you are ok though coz u b a legend!

  • MAD-1 on December 21, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    I think he can afford to get the gate fixed. On the other hand if the owner's a cricket fan he might want to keep it that way and brag to his friends that this was done by South Africas greatest ever cricketer.

  • djdrastic on December 21, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    Was probably just checking out his hair in the mirror.

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on December 21, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    keep ur feet on ur ground buddy dont get too over-excited after double ton have some driving sense and have some spirit of cricket and clap the god of cricket when he scores a ton anyways whole world hails him we don't need a unsportsman spirit to hail him

  • allblue on December 21, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    Perhaps he needs to start wearing an Alice band when driving to keep his newly discovered hair out of his eyes!

  • on December 21, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    we indians want kallis to play with their team so that when we win the second test they should not say if kallis was there then the case would be different and all.

  • Sam_Singh on December 21, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Go Jacques, Go!!! Great way to celebrate your first double-hundred!!! Wooohooooooooo !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on December 21, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    so.. will he miss the second test ? :)

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  • on December 21, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    so.. will he miss the second test ? :)

  • Sam_Singh on December 21, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Go Jacques, Go!!! Great way to celebrate your first double-hundred!!! Wooohooooooooo !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on December 21, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    we indians want kallis to play with their team so that when we win the second test they should not say if kallis was there then the case would be different and all.

  • allblue on December 21, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    Perhaps he needs to start wearing an Alice band when driving to keep his newly discovered hair out of his eyes!

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on December 21, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    keep ur feet on ur ground buddy dont get too over-excited after double ton have some driving sense and have some spirit of cricket and clap the god of cricket when he scores a ton anyways whole world hails him we don't need a unsportsman spirit to hail him

  • djdrastic on December 21, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    Was probably just checking out his hair in the mirror.

  • MAD-1 on December 21, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    I think he can afford to get the gate fixed. On the other hand if the owner's a cricket fan he might want to keep it that way and brag to his friends that this was done by South Africas greatest ever cricketer.

  • on December 21, 2010, 11:11 GMT

    Been up celebrating victory and double hundred?? ;) hehe Thank god it's not in Australia, they would have definitely checked the fluid intake. lol Glad you are ok though coz u b a legend!

  • KingofRedLions on December 21, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    Better taste in cars than hair.

  • HaveYouGotYourBox on December 21, 2010, 11:47 GMT

    Was probably an off-drive!