South Africa news March 25, 2013

Kallis likely to be available for Champions Trophy

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Jacques Kallis is close to committing himself to South Africa's Champions Trophy squad despite not playing an ODI in over a year. Kallis last played a fifty-over match in February 2012 and is no longer available for bilateral one-day series but could be back into contention for ICC tournaments, as he did for the World Twenty20 last September.

After South Africa lost their January ODI series against New Zealand, Gary Kirsten revealed he was in discussions with Kallis as the team hoped to step up preparations for June's Champions Trophy. On conclusion of the Pakistan series, Kirsten disclosed that talks are still ongoing and Kallis is being persuaded.

"Negotiations are going well," Kirsten said. "Jacques Kallis is not going to play one-day cricket anymore because we value him in Test matches too much but we reserve the right to call him up in certain tournaments. The Champions Trophy is the last major tournament before the World Cup and I am excited that he may make himself available for that."

Of the many achievements on Kallis' CV, the one missing is a World Cup medal and he has previously said he would like to play until he can add one. But the next edition of that tournament is still two years away and a recent spate of injuries may make that too distant a goal. Even though the Champions Trophy is a watered down version of a World Cup, it may be Kallis' last chance to obtain ICC silverware and although it will not replace the biggest event, two Champions' Trophy medals (South Africa won the 1998 version) may be some consolation.

Bringing Kallis in cold may sit uneasily with some, though. While Kirsten maintains that the 17 years Kallis has spent as an international cricketer is enough to justify slotting him into the starting XI immediately, he is also aware that it's a move that could backfire.

For that reason, Kirsten's focus for the ODIs South Africa played this summer was on blooding those who could take over should the Kallis trump card not work. In the series against Pakistan, it seems South Africa coped better without Kallis than they have before and Kirsten was impressed with how they progressed.

Colin Ingram was installed into his batting spot at No.3 while Ryan McLaren was handed rope and told he would get a sustained run as the first-choice allrounder. Both performed well, McLaren perhaps more so, and proved they can step up.

More tellingly, the middle-order firmed up in the absence of a player like Kallis which has given South Africa an added boost ahead of the Champions Trophy. "This was a good stepping stone in terms of where we want to go. Guys like Farhaan Behardien and David Miller; people who have not done well for us in the past have been given a run and shown they are capable. It's good that we have competition and we have created depth," Kirsten said.

Batting depth was South Africa's obvious worry especially because it seemed as though they had endless supply of bowlers coming through, but creating options with ball was also important. Kallis' two-in-one role meant that when he was taken out of the mix, it also left the team without an additional bowler.

Kirsten believes they have now found a solution for that. "To have a sixth bowler in your team is crucial and we're getting there. AB used Farhaan Berhardien in Benoni and he made an impact straight away. You need someone who can take pace off the ball and bowl wicket to wicket," he said. De Villiers also tried Ingram, a move that backfired in that situation but one that he may look at again. JP Duminy, who is expected to recover in time for the Champions Trophy, is another option.

Another gain made was in the leadership core, which Kallis was not overtly part of but would have been tacitly involved on the sheer weight of his experience. Without him, Johan Botha and Graeme Smith in the last match, to lean on, de Villiers was forced to do things his way.

Not only did he manage, but he juggled it successfully with his wicketkeeping duties and took his batting to a new level as he became man of the series. "AB has made great strides in his captaincy," Kirsten said. "This has been an important series for him in all components. He has had a great couple of games."

With all the development, it seems as though Kirsten is slowly transferring the successful culture of the Test team onto the ODI squad. But he will have to wait more than two months to see if the transition is complete.

South Africa dispersed yesterday and will reconvene at the end of May to prepare for the Champions Trophy. They have a short stay in Holland, which Kirsten says will be similar to the trip they took in Switzerland before the Test series against England, before the actual competition.

Almost all the players, including Kallis, will have match time under their belts either at the IPL or on the county circuit which Kirsten can only hope will be enough as he tries to break South Africa's major tournament trophy drought.

"When players are at the IPL, they are fully involved and fully contracted. It's very difficult to have any control over your players during that time. Ideally, I'd love to get our squad together a month before Champions Trophy to prepare but that's not the way cricket is," Kirsten said.

Kallis is one of the few who can remember a time when breaks were more frequent and will want to show that even without having played ODI cricket, he can still do it and win.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • on March 27, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    If Sachin has to carry expectation of 1 Billion Indians, atleast he will be inspired / motivated to Play cricket. So then, Kallis will lack Motivation as not much People do watch cricket there (compared to India).

    So, pls do stop These sorts of arguements as everyone could start bringing issues like this...

    But the most important achievement of Kallis is his T20 cricket. A cricketer whose batting style wasn't suited for T20 cricket, proved to the world that if he wishes, he could Play any sort of game (only that he didn't wish till then)...

    Also, it showed one more Thing. Opening a batting is lot easier then playing in middle order (not for everyone though), coz he scored a few boundaries during field restrictions and just rotated the strike (at less than 100) aftr that still ending up with a good SR (above 100).

    So, it also matters at which Position do u bat. If u want, go and check Sachin's bat Ave and SR at positions 3 to 7...

  • AllroundCricketFan on March 27, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    My team would be Amla, Smith, Kallis, AB, Duminy/Behardien, Miller/Faf, Peterson, McLaren/Kleinveldt,Morkel, Steyn, Tsotsobe.

    This would be the best team all depends on JP having recovered completely and what the pitch looks like. re McLaren or Kleinveldt. The rest of the team should and will play. Lots of permutations, Ingram, Phangiso and De Kok (1 from these 3 and that would be the 15). Unfortunately Ingram has to be dropped.

  • on March 27, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    My team would be Elgar, Amla, Kallis, AB, Ingram\Dumminy, Miller, De Kock, Peterson, Kleinveldt\De Lange, Steyn, Totsobe

    3 front line seamers with Kallis as the fourth and Peterson, Elgar and Dumminy as spin options or Ingram as a slow\medium pacer similar to what Berhardien did in the last ODI match.

    We really dont have the luxury of all rounders like Hansie, Klusener, Pollock but we do have the best all rounder of all time Kallis.

  • on March 27, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    Who cares about a history lesson regarding what happened in passed WC's and comparissons betw Sashin and Kallis. SA's batting line up is still shaky with too many new faces that havent cemented their place.

    Ingram, Berhardien, Faf, Mclaren Peterson, Abbott, De lange, Miller, Klienveldt, De Kock, Miller and Elgar are all still fairly new and fact is they all still have a long way to go. What's sad is that our lack of depht in the ODI format shows by the fact we actually considering Dumminy straight after his injury and into the world cup. (no doubt he'd add value though). This showed in both the NZ and Pakistan series.

    Kallis would add stability to the batting and bowling line up and SA would have 3 pillars to bat around, namely Amla, Kaliis and AB. With Amla and AB and Kallis in the top 4, De kock should bat around 6 or 7 with Miller\Dumminy as finishers. Elgar is an openning option and also a good spin option.

  • on March 27, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    all I hear from indians is the hope of 1 billion on sachins shoulders. In reality he's playing for the passion and enjoyment of the game and his livelyhood, Just like the rest of the worlds professional cricketers. They play to win and wil do anything to perform even stand when edging the ball. So please the rest of us know what cricket is about. Kallis is a must. He have won games for us by scoring runs when he was the only banker in the team. he improved his scoring rate and still to one eyed supporters of cricket he is not good enough. Well keep that one eye on your Sachin with a billion people pressure on his shoulders.

  • on March 26, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    All GREAT players adapt and improvise whatever the format, competition, and statistical variables. Kallis has nothing to prove in or for ODIs...his batting and bowling record is as good as anyone's and better than most. However and if having been virtually 'retired' from 50 over cricket a player of his class and stature makes himself subsequently available for a tournament that he might not otherwise be considered for it would be sheer folly NOT to take him!! CSA simply do not have a player to either usurp or replace him but the true benchmark of an all rounders value is if you removed one of the facet skills from his game would he get into the national side with the other(s)? The answer every time is YES he would!! Remember he was once dropped from the T/20 squad and admitted that he didn't either rate or was interested in playing it. Several IPL series later he is now one of the highest all time run scorers in that tournament & he is also still a quality 'go to' bowler!!

  • GermanPlayer on March 26, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    In the last IPL(I think it was the last one where KKR won), Kallis scored 68 off about 55 deliveries. But he was there till the near end and helped them win. Even in T20s, holding up one end is important as he showed in that game. When you have a Kallis at one end, no matter how slow he is scoring, he is effectively reducing the chances of the opposition taking a wicket by 50%. This is a basic rule of cricket and anyone saying he is too slow for ODIs should learn more about cricket.

  • hst84 on March 26, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    @jb633: Kallis remains an automatic choice for anyone and any team playing anywhere. Stats only tell part of the story but i don't think that the character Kallis has shown over the years playing so consistently for his country anyone else would have done. Every player has some positives and negatives but showing halo effects isn't much of an answer to anyone. One doesn't have to worry about commitments from players like Kallis or Sachin, they perform because they love to not because they are told to.

  • jb633 on March 26, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    Kallis is a class test cricketer but his role in the ODI side should depend on how fit he is to bowl. He wasted too many balls when he is batting and in this format has never been as good as Amla and ABDV. If he is not going to bowl I don't think he should be an authomatic shoe in for the Champions trophy. @TommyTucker, yeah but in all fairness Kallis has never had to deal with the same pressure as Tendulkar. Imagine the hopes of 1 billion people resting on you every time you go out to bat. I am not an Indian fan but have the utmost respect of how Tendulkar has carried himself over the years.

  • Bongz18 on March 26, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    Cant wait 2 see king kallis back on the odi team

  • on March 27, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    If Sachin has to carry expectation of 1 Billion Indians, atleast he will be inspired / motivated to Play cricket. So then, Kallis will lack Motivation as not much People do watch cricket there (compared to India).

    So, pls do stop These sorts of arguements as everyone could start bringing issues like this...

    But the most important achievement of Kallis is his T20 cricket. A cricketer whose batting style wasn't suited for T20 cricket, proved to the world that if he wishes, he could Play any sort of game (only that he didn't wish till then)...

    Also, it showed one more Thing. Opening a batting is lot easier then playing in middle order (not for everyone though), coz he scored a few boundaries during field restrictions and just rotated the strike (at less than 100) aftr that still ending up with a good SR (above 100).

    So, it also matters at which Position do u bat. If u want, go and check Sachin's bat Ave and SR at positions 3 to 7...

  • AllroundCricketFan on March 27, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    My team would be Amla, Smith, Kallis, AB, Duminy/Behardien, Miller/Faf, Peterson, McLaren/Kleinveldt,Morkel, Steyn, Tsotsobe.

    This would be the best team all depends on JP having recovered completely and what the pitch looks like. re McLaren or Kleinveldt. The rest of the team should and will play. Lots of permutations, Ingram, Phangiso and De Kok (1 from these 3 and that would be the 15). Unfortunately Ingram has to be dropped.

  • on March 27, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    My team would be Elgar, Amla, Kallis, AB, Ingram\Dumminy, Miller, De Kock, Peterson, Kleinveldt\De Lange, Steyn, Totsobe

    3 front line seamers with Kallis as the fourth and Peterson, Elgar and Dumminy as spin options or Ingram as a slow\medium pacer similar to what Berhardien did in the last ODI match.

    We really dont have the luxury of all rounders like Hansie, Klusener, Pollock but we do have the best all rounder of all time Kallis.

  • on March 27, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    Who cares about a history lesson regarding what happened in passed WC's and comparissons betw Sashin and Kallis. SA's batting line up is still shaky with too many new faces that havent cemented their place.

    Ingram, Berhardien, Faf, Mclaren Peterson, Abbott, De lange, Miller, Klienveldt, De Kock, Miller and Elgar are all still fairly new and fact is they all still have a long way to go. What's sad is that our lack of depht in the ODI format shows by the fact we actually considering Dumminy straight after his injury and into the world cup. (no doubt he'd add value though). This showed in both the NZ and Pakistan series.

    Kallis would add stability to the batting and bowling line up and SA would have 3 pillars to bat around, namely Amla, Kaliis and AB. With Amla and AB and Kallis in the top 4, De kock should bat around 6 or 7 with Miller\Dumminy as finishers. Elgar is an openning option and also a good spin option.

  • on March 27, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    all I hear from indians is the hope of 1 billion on sachins shoulders. In reality he's playing for the passion and enjoyment of the game and his livelyhood, Just like the rest of the worlds professional cricketers. They play to win and wil do anything to perform even stand when edging the ball. So please the rest of us know what cricket is about. Kallis is a must. He have won games for us by scoring runs when he was the only banker in the team. he improved his scoring rate and still to one eyed supporters of cricket he is not good enough. Well keep that one eye on your Sachin with a billion people pressure on his shoulders.

  • on March 26, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    All GREAT players adapt and improvise whatever the format, competition, and statistical variables. Kallis has nothing to prove in or for ODIs...his batting and bowling record is as good as anyone's and better than most. However and if having been virtually 'retired' from 50 over cricket a player of his class and stature makes himself subsequently available for a tournament that he might not otherwise be considered for it would be sheer folly NOT to take him!! CSA simply do not have a player to either usurp or replace him but the true benchmark of an all rounders value is if you removed one of the facet skills from his game would he get into the national side with the other(s)? The answer every time is YES he would!! Remember he was once dropped from the T/20 squad and admitted that he didn't either rate or was interested in playing it. Several IPL series later he is now one of the highest all time run scorers in that tournament & he is also still a quality 'go to' bowler!!

  • GermanPlayer on March 26, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    In the last IPL(I think it was the last one where KKR won), Kallis scored 68 off about 55 deliveries. But he was there till the near end and helped them win. Even in T20s, holding up one end is important as he showed in that game. When you have a Kallis at one end, no matter how slow he is scoring, he is effectively reducing the chances of the opposition taking a wicket by 50%. This is a basic rule of cricket and anyone saying he is too slow for ODIs should learn more about cricket.

  • hst84 on March 26, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    @jb633: Kallis remains an automatic choice for anyone and any team playing anywhere. Stats only tell part of the story but i don't think that the character Kallis has shown over the years playing so consistently for his country anyone else would have done. Every player has some positives and negatives but showing halo effects isn't much of an answer to anyone. One doesn't have to worry about commitments from players like Kallis or Sachin, they perform because they love to not because they are told to.

  • jb633 on March 26, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    Kallis is a class test cricketer but his role in the ODI side should depend on how fit he is to bowl. He wasted too many balls when he is batting and in this format has never been as good as Amla and ABDV. If he is not going to bowl I don't think he should be an authomatic shoe in for the Champions trophy. @TommyTucker, yeah but in all fairness Kallis has never had to deal with the same pressure as Tendulkar. Imagine the hopes of 1 billion people resting on you every time you go out to bat. I am not an Indian fan but have the utmost respect of how Tendulkar has carried himself over the years.

  • Bongz18 on March 26, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    Cant wait 2 see king kallis back on the odi team

  • on March 26, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    All These series happened in Asian sub-continent pitches and Kallis is one of the reason why SA has been able to challenge sub-continent Teams in their home Country. So, what would have happened had Kallis played for India or any other Asian Teams. He too would have enjoyed the same luxury of playing on batting paradise like Sachin did. So, batting averages could only reveal so much.

  • on March 26, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    @Seether1: Ist a good Imagination I would say (Sachin destroyed the world's best attacks for past 20 yrs)!!! His record against SA in SA (ODIs) bat Ave of 25 at a Strike Rate of 65 after 22 matches. His Ave against Aus in Aus too is 30 at a SR of 70. Not so grt!!! The biggest Advantage that Sachin had was after a series in Aus or SA, he would end up playing in Indian sub-continent pitches where he will blast all of their Bowlers, not in their own conditions. I would not complain much abt it as home Advantage is something common for every cricketer. However, Kallis Returns for a home series in SA where pitches are even more conducive to pace Bowling and hence scores less in return too and Ave. less Overall against them. SA won ICC Mini WC: Kallis won the MOM in semi-finals and finals and also MOS Awards. SA won series in India: Kallis MOS. SA won series in Pak: Kallis MOS.

  • dariuscorny on March 26, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    i wud rather hv watson than overated Kallis anyday any time in my time in onedayers speciallyy when i play in ICC events ,coz to win i need to winn knock outs to be called great

  • DeckChairand6pack on March 26, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    I'm not sure if this is such a good idea. Words do not adequately enough describe his contribtion to SA cricket over the years. But there should be no room for sentimentality in competitive sport. At best, JK can be a very solid ODI performer, but is seldom spectacular or a match winner. Not to mention the number of times he has been part of teams who have come up well short. We need a clean break.

  • Bowlersholding on March 26, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    It would be madness not to play Kallis in a 50 over game. He has added a new dimension to his game since the advent of T20.

  • shaww on March 26, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    While i admire Kallis and what he's achieved (not overrated at all!), i do agree that he's now become too much of a risk for the ODI team. With little ODI practice and injury plagued it would be better to give the team a chance to settle into a new configuration with new members.

    Smith is another that needs to be dropped. Tho having both Kallis and Smith go at the same time would upset the structure too much. Also little time has been spent grooming a new ODI opener.

    Loyalty and gratitude can be shown in other ways where the team doesn't need to take into account whether a team member may fail.

    Both Kallis and Smith are still indispensable and world beaters within the test format and are both LEGEND.

  • on March 26, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    @dariuscorny - are we talking about the same Kallis here ? Overrated ? Fair enough I guess there are always going to be people who don't know to much about cricket players or the game in general puting there uninformed opinions forward. Hey does that count as cricket trolling ?

  • wanatawu on March 26, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    satishchandar You claim Smith will retire soon - he only just turn 32, still young for a test bastmen

  • Marktc on March 26, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    NixNixon....I agree with you. Kallis is a legend and not over-rated as some may think. His record speaks for itself. But I do see SA remaining a force without him. SA have the ability to use what they have to compensate for what they don't. We rose to number one with no decent spinner, we compensated for the lack of Kallis in tests due to him being injured....so as brilliant a player as he is, SA will still be strong without him.

  • on March 26, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Cmon Kallis, play one last ODI series!!! All the fans want to see the best team on the park and your definetely an integral part of that!!! You line up like a greyhound ready to race for the IPL, why not for SA as well???

  • Seether1 on March 26, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa: I am just a big a fan of Kallis as you are. However, do you really have to criticise Tendulkare in order to praise Kallis? If a Sachin fan were to knitpick, he/she could easily reply that Sachin has a better average in England and Australia, where Kallis' record is mediocre at best. Also Sachin regularly dismantled the greatest attack of the last 20 years i.e. Warne, Mcgrath, Lee, Gillespie etc. Not to mention the fact that Sachin has won a World Cup and led his team to a few victories in WC knock-out matches, something Kallis has yet to do. SA has still not won a WC knock-out match!

  • sanjai_zequin on March 26, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    If kallis plays then the team for champions trophy must be like this: Amla, de Kock, Kallis, AB, Faf/ingram, Duminy, Miller, peterson, steyn, morkel, tsotsobe/de Lange. there vl be 7 batsman, 3 +1 fast bowlers, and 1 spin + 2 part time spinners..

  • TheCricketeer on March 26, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    @Stark62 - I really think we need a specialist batsman at 7 in the one day game and with two quality allrounders (Kallis and Duminy) we can afford one. Guys like Faf and Behardien also need to be given more opportunities. The sub continent sides are masters at squeezing a few overs out of bit-part bowlers and they are always competitive at world cups. And when the pitch is right they can bowl even more overs.

  • satishchandar on March 26, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    While i feel Kallis still has it to offer the team in shorter formats, SA could look up on doing things without Kallis in shorter formats to prolong his role in longer formats.. Just like Sachin did for India before retirement from ODIs. What it will do is, give opportunities to likes of Faf/Ingram/Behardien who can make the place in the team their own for years to come. SA really need two players who can take the mantle forward after Kallis andSmith who are nearing their career end. Amla and ABD are there but you need guys whom they can build future on. No better format then ODI to look them closely and develop a weapon..

  • Robster1 on March 25, 2013, 23:49 GMT

    King Kallis is a must for any SA team for the next couple of years. In England last year he was the best 20/20 batsman. And there's no guarantee at all that Duminy will be both fit and in form by June.

  • on March 25, 2013, 22:34 GMT

    @the cricketeer, I reckon the spot with or without kallis, at 7 should be Albie Morkel. He clearly the best finisher weve had in a long while. Dhoni was surprised at how he got left out. He unfortunately gets sent in late( due to top order taking up too much balls, eg Kallis) and then gets dropped when he doesnt manage to score 15 runs an over to win a game. @German Player This is just another media tactic. Kallis originally said he wanted to play till the world cup in 2015, saying hell be fit, etc. But yet now Kirsten is trying to persuade him to play. Its to make it look less of a favour, Mickey Arthur did the same thing for ICC t20,At the time of being picked for the tournament, he had NO reason on merit in t20 to be picked. Check the stats. For those who talk of Kallis averages and stats, please check http://www.espncricinfo.com/blogs/content/story/623459.html http://www.espncricinfo.com/wc2007/content/story/287137.htmlhttp://www.espncricinfo.com/wc2007/content/story/287137.html

  • dariuscorny on March 25, 2013, 22:22 GMT

    Kallis is overrated and played his part in almost all the losses in knockout stages of ICC events........nevr seen him play any dominating inning like Sachin the master(2003 WC match against Pak,killing Shoib,Waqar,Wasim and many more)this is where he lacks.......may be if SA look beyond him in coming trophy they can do good....

  • NixNixon on March 25, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    @Hussain , Kallis overrated? Try Shane Watson, most overrated player ever, only good for mickey mouse t20 cricket.

    On a slighlty different topic, people keep saying the proteas will struggle to remain number one in test cricket when kallis retires. Well we cruched pakistan and NZ without him when he was injured during those matches, and also mostly during the ausie series he could not bowl and on a few occasions came in at like number 8 where it is difficut to have an impact on the game with the bat - AND WE STILL WON THE SERIES. So I do not see kallis' retirement as the downfall of the protea test team.

  • Stark62 on March 25, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    Why don't SA play this 11 for the CT: Amla, Smith/De Kock, Kallis, De'Velliers, Faf, Duminy, Peterson, Mclaren, Steyn, Morkel, Tsotobe.

    5 pace bowlers (incl. Jacque), one genuine spinner and a very, very handy spinner in the form of Duminy.

    Seems like a perfect line up because in Eng, fast bowlers will be the key and Kallis isn't a bad 5th option as a fast bowler.

  • GermanPlayer on March 25, 2013, 20:38 GMT

    I dont know why so many people here are commenting against kallis. If he is really so bad, why does Kirsten bother to convince him to play? And whenever people talk of SA's dominance in the coming year, everyone says what will they do when Kallis retires? The fact that people bring up this argument is alone a complement bestowed on very few cricketers...and that's not because SA don't have good players waiting in line.

  • TheCricketeer on March 25, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    @Husain Sattar - I dont totally disagree with you. But just as he has been a different test cricketer in the last 2 years often playing way more aggressively then he did in the previous 10 I believe in the current ODI setup he will bat differently. And he can still contribute with the ball. I'd rather have Kallis than McLaren thanks. If you have Kallis and Duminy in the side it means Petersen bats at 8 with 7 specialist batsman in front of him and thats taking pressure off the top order.

    I still think 5,6,7,8 is the weakness in the SA side though. When one of Amla or De Villiers gets 80+ we going to win a lot of games but when we are 100/4 and they are both gone we dont really find a way back often enough. Oh for the days of Boucher, Pollock, Klusener in there prime.... they won us a lot of ODI's that looked done and dusted.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on March 25, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    Serious question. Can we clone Kallis??? 13,000 plus runs with an average better than Sachin Selfishkar, 288 Test wickets at an average better than many front line Test bowlers. 290 Catches.

    What a Colossus.

  • MCSJCW on March 25, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    @SurlyCynic - I never said it was Kallis' fault.I was questioning the vale of picking based on experience for the sake of experience and not because they are performing. He hasn't played one day cricket for a year!

    Besides, cricket has moved on - check the strike rates for the batsman in the team now - at least 10 runs per hundred balls better and some 20

  • DilbertZA on March 25, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    Playing Kallis is less of a risk than Smith.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on March 25, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    All Hail King Kallis, All Hail. If he was Indian they would have named a curry after him, if he was Australian they would have named a beer after him, if he was English they would have named Streets after him. All Hail !!!

    Great news that the greatest cricketer to ever play game is back in the green and gold for SA. Kallis will be looking to prove a point as this is his last hurrah in ODI cricket, hopefully he brings back some silverware. Please selectors, please let Quinton de Kock open the batting in place of Smith. Thanks.

  • on March 25, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    Kallis is perhaps the most overrated odi player ever. Prior to t20, he batted at a strike rate of 71, up now to about 74. You could not leave him out when he was young because he was bowling 10 overs. And he was very good at it. But for a long time now, he hasnt bowled 10, averaging maybe 5 a game. Who is going to help bowl that other 5 overs? Hes batting even though slightly improved, is still way slower than all the current SA batsmen, including the injured JP Duminy. He just cant clear the ropes as well they all can. In all ICC events which they have lost, read again, ALL he has batted well below the required rate, putting pressure on all the batsmen coming in. By that time he either has a big score, so when they lose, people dont blame him because he scored more than everyone else. But it doesnt take into account the pressure he puts other batsmen under to score. 2011 World Cup he went from 25 off 30 balls, to 47 off 75. thats 22 in 45 balls. it brough NZ back into the match

  • SurlyCynic on March 25, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    @MCSJCW : So when Klusener and Donald messed up their running, Gibbs dropped a catch or Pollock misread D/L tables it was Kallis's fault? Right.

    Sometimes a team just loses. Most teams at a tournament lose. Choking is when you lose from a winning position, due to an inexplicable meltdown, can't remember Kallis being at fault for many of those in ODIs.

  • gibbs.175 on March 25, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    Kallis is a great player .Kallis must come back.and D KOCK (a blasting opner),ELGAR should be called in....because SA need allrounders for bowling options....DId you guys see in last ODI...SA hardly had 5 bowlers.....good luck SA.....LAST CHANCE.........

  • MCSJCW on March 25, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    @Kaljanrj, sometimes experience is overrated. Lets not forget that Kallis has been one of the chokers at tournaments for the last 17 years...

  • Lloydster on March 25, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    We have been without Kallis this series and scaped thru so I guess we can continue to grow without him. He was a great player but with the injuries playing a big part of his life after 17 years , its time to let go.... Smith as well. I would keep them in the coaching squad to mentor the youngsters. Duminy and Faf back should be suffice.

  • SurlyCynic on March 25, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    There is no place for Kallis in T20 tournaments, but he would hugely improve the balance of the ODI team. 50 overs is a long time and you can have a couple of anchor players - with Duminy and Kallis as 5th and 6th bowlers it allows SA to field a batsman at 7.

    At the moment McLaren is at 7 but this is too high for him. If we had Duminy/Miller at 7, McLaren at 8, Peterson at 9 the batting lineup would seem a lot stronger - and less dependant on AB/Amla firing.

  • Kalyanrj on March 25, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    South africa are a not good team in the big tournaments like world cups nd champions trophy.They always choke in pressure situations.They must need experience player like kallis in the team.

  • bengal_tiger_roars on March 25, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    @Malik Agreed dude :) No one can be replaced with the KING. Truly missing him alot these days..Eagerly waiting for his comeback!

  • on March 25, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    My champions trophy team would be : 1.Smith 2.Amla 3.Ab 4.Kallis 5.Duminy 6.Faf 7.Behardien 8.McLaren 9.Peterson 10.Steyn 11.Morkel ..subs: Tsotsobe,Miller,de Kock,Klienveldt

  • nandwani88 on March 25, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    Kallis' last chance??? Didn't Kallis already win the Champions Trophy? The inaugural one in Dhaka? If memory serves me right, he took 5 wickets against the West Indies in that final, and he was the Player of the Match, AS WELL AS, Player of the Tournament.

  • on March 25, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    lov southafrican team and kallis is also a great player he is a legend....without him southafrican eleven is uncomplete

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  • on March 25, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    lov southafrican team and kallis is also a great player he is a legend....without him southafrican eleven is uncomplete

  • nandwani88 on March 25, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    Kallis' last chance??? Didn't Kallis already win the Champions Trophy? The inaugural one in Dhaka? If memory serves me right, he took 5 wickets against the West Indies in that final, and he was the Player of the Match, AS WELL AS, Player of the Tournament.

  • on March 25, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    My champions trophy team would be : 1.Smith 2.Amla 3.Ab 4.Kallis 5.Duminy 6.Faf 7.Behardien 8.McLaren 9.Peterson 10.Steyn 11.Morkel ..subs: Tsotsobe,Miller,de Kock,Klienveldt

  • bengal_tiger_roars on March 25, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    @Malik Agreed dude :) No one can be replaced with the KING. Truly missing him alot these days..Eagerly waiting for his comeback!

  • Kalyanrj on March 25, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    South africa are a not good team in the big tournaments like world cups nd champions trophy.They always choke in pressure situations.They must need experience player like kallis in the team.

  • SurlyCynic on March 25, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    There is no place for Kallis in T20 tournaments, but he would hugely improve the balance of the ODI team. 50 overs is a long time and you can have a couple of anchor players - with Duminy and Kallis as 5th and 6th bowlers it allows SA to field a batsman at 7.

    At the moment McLaren is at 7 but this is too high for him. If we had Duminy/Miller at 7, McLaren at 8, Peterson at 9 the batting lineup would seem a lot stronger - and less dependant on AB/Amla firing.

  • Lloydster on March 25, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    We have been without Kallis this series and scaped thru so I guess we can continue to grow without him. He was a great player but with the injuries playing a big part of his life after 17 years , its time to let go.... Smith as well. I would keep them in the coaching squad to mentor the youngsters. Duminy and Faf back should be suffice.

  • MCSJCW on March 25, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    @Kaljanrj, sometimes experience is overrated. Lets not forget that Kallis has been one of the chokers at tournaments for the last 17 years...

  • gibbs.175 on March 25, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    Kallis is a great player .Kallis must come back.and D KOCK (a blasting opner),ELGAR should be called in....because SA need allrounders for bowling options....DId you guys see in last ODI...SA hardly had 5 bowlers.....good luck SA.....LAST CHANCE.........

  • SurlyCynic on March 25, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    @MCSJCW : So when Klusener and Donald messed up their running, Gibbs dropped a catch or Pollock misread D/L tables it was Kallis's fault? Right.

    Sometimes a team just loses. Most teams at a tournament lose. Choking is when you lose from a winning position, due to an inexplicable meltdown, can't remember Kallis being at fault for many of those in ODIs.