South Africa news November 21, 2013

Kallis returns to ODI squad

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Jacques Kallis has been named in South Africa's ODI squad for the series against Pakistan and India, and will return to the ODI format after an absence of a year and nine months in a bid to book his place for the 2015 World Cup.

After making his intention to play in one more global event known to new coach Russell Domingo over the winter break, Kallis was due to return for the seven-match ODI series against India. However, with India scheduled to play only three ODIs in South Africa, Kallis will also play in the series against Pakistan, ending a hiatus from the fifty-over format that stretches back to February 2012.

Kallis has missed South Africa's last 29 ODIs including an away series against England last June and home matches against New Zealand and Pakistan in the 2012/13 summer. He opted out of the Champions Trophy in June for personal reasons and did not join the team for a limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka in August and the Pakistan series in the UAE.

In his absence, all-rounder Ryan McLaren finally found a regular place in the starting XI. McLaren's stocks have steadily risen and he was recently named Man of the Series for his performances in the five-match series against Pakistan.

Andrew Hudson, the convenor of selectors said: "As well as Ryan McLaren and Wayne Parnell have done as emerging allrounders, it is very welcome news to have Jacques back as our premium all-rounder. There is no substitute for the experience he brings to the game." However in spite of this statement, there is no indication yet that McLaren will be sacrificed to make room for Kallis.

Instead, Twenty20 captain Faf du Plessis has been given the axe after a poor run in ODIs over the last few months. Du Plessis has scored just two fifties in his last 20 ODI innings, one of them against the Netherlands.

Being left out has given Du Plessis the time he needed to get married this Saturday, the day before the Pakistan series starts. He was due to return from his honeymoon in time for the third ODI against Pakistan. Despite his own scheduling, the selectors have left him out of both the Pakistan and India series to give him time to find form at franchise level.

Du Plessis will need to find runs in the longest format, because the domestic competitions have moved into first-class mode. That may not be a bad thing for the batsman. With the Tests against India looming and du Plessis having last scored a half-century in whites five Tests ago in January, he could use time in the middle ahead of the home summer.

For Robin Peterson, the snub could signal a little more. Peterson lost his Test place to Imran Tahir in Dubai last month, was left out of the T20 side against Pakistan and has now been overlooked for the ODI squad. Peterson was ineffective in the Abu Dhabi Test but his exclusion has come more as a result of the rebirth of Imran Tahir than any wrongdoing on his part, as Hudson explained.

"We have dropped Robbie Peterson out of the squad as Imran Tahir is in outstanding form and we are unlikely to use more than one specialist spinner in a home series," Hudson said. "He will be able to gain valuable time in the middle playing in the Sunfoil series."

With Peterson still playing first-class cricket, there's every chance he will be considered for the Test at home. However at 34 years, if he is passed by for the next few series, he may look back on this as the beginning of the end.

Although South Africa lose a fair amount of experience with Peterson out of the side, they are balanced by the return of a fit Graeme Smith. The Test captain missed the last three ODIs against Pakistan after suffering from post-concussion syndrome but has fully recovered and was seen having a net with Russell Domingo in Johannesburg. Smith's return means South Africa have choice at the top of the order with both Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock in the squad.

They have similar options in the bowling department with five seamers to pick from, including Vernon Philander, who has been retained after making his ODI comeback in Dubai recently.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • on November 21, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    Kallis needs to keep playing ODIs if he wants to be part of the squad for the 2015 WC. His batting is still very good so I think he can continue for a year or a little bit more. He is a legend and his record is just remarkable.

    SA have to make a lot of improvements on their ODI performance. They have been outstanding in tests, but their ODI form in recent years has been pretty average. Their batting is not consistent enough and the bowlers quite often lose their way.

  • NXT_Gen on November 24, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    It's return of the arguably the greatest CRICKETER ever. A cricketer, who can go along for 15 years, scoring tons of runs & taking plenty of wickets when a team needs in both formats. That's KALLIS.

  • Haz95 on November 23, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    1.Jamshed, 2.Shehzad, 3.Akmal, 4.Maqsood, 5.Ul Haq, 6, Hafeez, 7.Anwar Ali(last chance)8.Bhilwall Bhatti, 9.Afridi(for bowling),10. Ajmal, 11.Khan almost 6 specialist batsmen, 4 spinners, maqsood being part time. 3 pacers, this should do for pak.

  • on November 23, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    I believe Misbah will replace Nasir Jamshed but what good it will be to retain Umer Amin. What has this young lad has contributed so far ? Team should include Ahmed Shahzad, Hafeez, Sohaib, Misbah, Umer Akmal, Nasir Jamshed/Abdul Rehman,Asad Shafiq, Shahid Afridi, Bilawal Bhatti, Junaid and Saeed Ajmal ... 2 seamers + 4 spinners , worth trying

  • teemsaj on November 23, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    Great opportunity for Kallis to be amongst the top five run scorers in ODIs. Can also improve his average to be in the top 5 list. Still he is arguably the best all-rounder.

  • SHER-A-PANJAB on November 23, 2013, 4:11 GMT

    Good team for Pakistan cricket series but think about M.Morkel He is good fast bowler and will be useful in Australian conditions in WC 2015 but he is always expensive. And mostly wicket less spell .So Kyle Abbott and Richards can be replacement ,,,,how is that? Good luck

  • InsideHedge on November 22, 2013, 21:20 GMT

    Kallis has always done the business as a bowler but in ODIs, he often unintentionally leads SA to grab defeat from the jaws of victory. I've lost count of the number of times his slow scoring has placed pressure on those who follow him. His failure to bat without fear is the cause given he has all the shots in the book but he keeps them in the locker too often.

    Time is running out for him, it's a good decision to play till WC 2015, he deserves one more go at winning the big one.

  • Gareth_Bain on November 22, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    @ZCF: Morris struggled just as much to get into the Lions first XI...

  • on November 22, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    Faf should have been dropped from the t20 and test side too. Don't see how his form can be an issue in one of the three formats. Time Stiaan van Zyl and De Kock got a go in tests and Rilee got a chance in the t20 and ODI side. Kallis and Smith back in the ODI squad, though handy, is a regression. What happened to broadening the talent pool? Wiese and Davids continue to be sidelined but are likely to make the world cup team. This makes no sense. What is the point of selecting players that you don't believe in?

  • on November 22, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    Best palying 11: 1. Smith 2. De Kock 3. Amla 4. Kallis 5. De Villiers 6. Duminy 7. Mclaren 8. Philander 9. Steyn 10. Tsotsobe 11. Tahir. This is definately the best playing 11 that could win the 2014 WC. Theres enough experience and quality players in this squad. A lot of negative comments going around about Smith and Kallis but they are quality players and their abscense id the main reason for the proteas poor ODI form. We need these steady heads in order to win

  • on November 21, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    Kallis needs to keep playing ODIs if he wants to be part of the squad for the 2015 WC. His batting is still very good so I think he can continue for a year or a little bit more. He is a legend and his record is just remarkable.

    SA have to make a lot of improvements on their ODI performance. They have been outstanding in tests, but their ODI form in recent years has been pretty average. Their batting is not consistent enough and the bowlers quite often lose their way.

  • NXT_Gen on November 24, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    It's return of the arguably the greatest CRICKETER ever. A cricketer, who can go along for 15 years, scoring tons of runs & taking plenty of wickets when a team needs in both formats. That's KALLIS.

  • Haz95 on November 23, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    1.Jamshed, 2.Shehzad, 3.Akmal, 4.Maqsood, 5.Ul Haq, 6, Hafeez, 7.Anwar Ali(last chance)8.Bhilwall Bhatti, 9.Afridi(for bowling),10. Ajmal, 11.Khan almost 6 specialist batsmen, 4 spinners, maqsood being part time. 3 pacers, this should do for pak.

  • on November 23, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    I believe Misbah will replace Nasir Jamshed but what good it will be to retain Umer Amin. What has this young lad has contributed so far ? Team should include Ahmed Shahzad, Hafeez, Sohaib, Misbah, Umer Akmal, Nasir Jamshed/Abdul Rehman,Asad Shafiq, Shahid Afridi, Bilawal Bhatti, Junaid and Saeed Ajmal ... 2 seamers + 4 spinners , worth trying

  • teemsaj on November 23, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    Great opportunity for Kallis to be amongst the top five run scorers in ODIs. Can also improve his average to be in the top 5 list. Still he is arguably the best all-rounder.

  • SHER-A-PANJAB on November 23, 2013, 4:11 GMT

    Good team for Pakistan cricket series but think about M.Morkel He is good fast bowler and will be useful in Australian conditions in WC 2015 but he is always expensive. And mostly wicket less spell .So Kyle Abbott and Richards can be replacement ,,,,how is that? Good luck

  • InsideHedge on November 22, 2013, 21:20 GMT

    Kallis has always done the business as a bowler but in ODIs, he often unintentionally leads SA to grab defeat from the jaws of victory. I've lost count of the number of times his slow scoring has placed pressure on those who follow him. His failure to bat without fear is the cause given he has all the shots in the book but he keeps them in the locker too often.

    Time is running out for him, it's a good decision to play till WC 2015, he deserves one more go at winning the big one.

  • Gareth_Bain on November 22, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    @ZCF: Morris struggled just as much to get into the Lions first XI...

  • on November 22, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    Faf should have been dropped from the t20 and test side too. Don't see how his form can be an issue in one of the three formats. Time Stiaan van Zyl and De Kock got a go in tests and Rilee got a chance in the t20 and ODI side. Kallis and Smith back in the ODI squad, though handy, is a regression. What happened to broadening the talent pool? Wiese and Davids continue to be sidelined but are likely to make the world cup team. This makes no sense. What is the point of selecting players that you don't believe in?

  • on November 22, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    Best palying 11: 1. Smith 2. De Kock 3. Amla 4. Kallis 5. De Villiers 6. Duminy 7. Mclaren 8. Philander 9. Steyn 10. Tsotsobe 11. Tahir. This is definately the best playing 11 that could win the 2014 WC. Theres enough experience and quality players in this squad. A lot of negative comments going around about Smith and Kallis but they are quality players and their abscense id the main reason for the proteas poor ODI form. We need these steady heads in order to win

  • ZCFOutkast on November 22, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    @SurlyMan, Eddie's Leie's a top talent. I've only seen him a couple of times live, but that was last year against modest batsmen whom he duly feasted on. But I'd rather take the more cautious approach and back young Siya Simetu for international honours(Test&ODI) within 3 seasons. Eddie would get mauled at international level. Far from polished enough at his art. But there's no denying that for someone of his rare talent&quality, he should've been a seasoned franchise cricket veteran by now were it not for the kind of entrenched things Arendse&Co are belatedly trying to address via extremely weak&liberal policies now.

    The Pakistan gods must've been upset with Misbah&Co because Smith&AB were by far the luckiest man alive on that day. Tahir had enough quality&experience to come good at some point, which he did(like part-timerJP) on a flat spinners' paradise designed to secure a draw for Pakistan a series win. Alviro will remain the greatest leader to have never captained the Proteas.

  • taslu613 on November 22, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    @Mali,I dont think you have better knowledge of cricket, otherwise u would not disrespect players like Amla and Kallis. They both are great players.Cricket is not all about hitting sixes and fours blindly.Comment like yours will makes us angry nothing else.

  • on November 22, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    Smith can be left out and Kallis's presence will help the team for sure .

  • gibbs.175 on November 22, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    KAllis is the greatest player in cricket world,no body can replace him and his contribution but at this time there is some doubts about his fitness because around 40 an all rounder can not maintain his performance but we all wish to see him winning the World Cup 2015 because In Australia KAllis's experience will be a golden card to understand the conditions but KAllis should think himself he can play in ODI well as an all rounder or SA needs another replacement like ELGAR ,or somebody else. And SMITH Really disturbing the one day team combination so he should be left out because SA have still time to call a young talent to be polished for WC2015 .Otherwise again hopes gonna dashed .We already noticed what kind start we need in ODI inning (Amla &De Kock )as they showed in last t-20 ....So no chance for Smith and KALLIS is 50/50 ......think about it

    UP TO KALLIS*********good luck

  • SurlyCynic on November 21, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    I guess those saying SA don't bring young players through are forgetting about 20 year old De Kock. And young players like Miller and De Lange who will be the backbone of the team in 4 years time.

    As for Kallis only doing well against weak attacks, laughable. He does ok against Pakistan doesn't he, supposedly one of the best attacks? His average against Aus was lower due to playing so often against Warne and McGrath, just shows how long he has been playing! He averaged 55 on his last tour of Aus.

  • mrmonty on November 21, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    Kallis in the ODI team is good news for opposition.

  • on November 21, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    Well Mali u dont know avout cricket then and ur comment for Amla is not relevant simply because the guy is worlds no 1 batsman and primarily when he performs usually with a 50 or a 100 SA goes over the victory line..Whereas Jack Kallis was,is and will be worlds best All-Rounder.

  • CricketChat on November 21, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    Kallis and even Smith for ODIs and T20s is a big gamble given their fitness issues. Why go back to them time and again when you are not assured of their fitness? Doesn't SA have promising youth to nurture?

  • Mali-T658 on November 21, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    Seriously, does this guy ever think about retiring? He's like playing forever, Jeez! He may as well go on to play for 10 more years if the selectors don't pull him out of the team. Team SA need more exciting players like AB deVilliers, D Steyn, D Miller, and not the likes of J Kallis, H Amla who make the spectators yawn and sleep with their boring defensive play.

  • Albert_cambell on November 21, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    Good decision by CSA on dropping Du plesis. He hasnt done anything special in ODIs. Also please drop Smith and open with De kock and Amla. We should play full strength team against pakistan. They will be tough to beat on green wickets. We can probably experiment our young players against mediocre teams like India.

  • GRVJPR on November 21, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    Further confirmation that there is no real talent coming in south africa. They are too dependent of Kallis. As an opposition just concentrate on knocking him over and we will see the artificial fighting spirit not helping south african cause.

  • SCC08 on November 21, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    @ Posted by ZCFOutkast on (November 21, 2013, 15:25 GMT) South African team, still only Tsotsobe representing. The wait for the likes of Phangiso etc will only increase. Typical!!!

    That single comment represents everything i currently hate about SA quota sport. Does Phangiso deserve a place? get over yourself.. This article is about Jacques Kallis.

    And from what i've heard regarding about Tsotsobe, he's lucky to be in the squad with his attitude - pracitising etc... Just ask Essex....

  • Srilanka-rules on November 21, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    kallis avgs 30s aganist England and Australia, both in Odis and Tests

    Averages heavier against weak bowling attacks eg ; IND @72, and BAN @100+

    What are you expecting? To win worldcup in Aus? LOL

  • ProdigyA on November 21, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    Kallis was great but his time is up now.

  • on November 21, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    Kallis is averaging 17.77 in his last 6 Test Matches. Not to forget he is 38+. Some of our friends are expecting him to score 7 hundreds within a years time. Although, unlikely but if done it will be some achievement. And truly speaking the odds are stacked against him...

  • on November 21, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    @vish57 I guess you have last watched cricket when India toured under Ganguly's reign some 5 years ago. Things have change bro, atleast in ODI. U r talking about the best ODI Team in all conditions and expecting them to loose 3-0.. lol ..

  • Greatest_Game on November 21, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    @ ZCFOutkast. Should we apply the same criteria, divisions, and mentality that stretches back past FW, PW, Vorster, Verwoed … all the way back to Jan van Settler. The struggle was for equality, and to eradicate group privilege, not to change the name of the group!

    I wore the yellow, green & black. I spent my time in JF square. I marched & felt the sjambok. That means only that I know the job is unfinished, but a token or 2 will not get us there. Maybe if we brought Kaiser Matanzima & Lucas Mangope into the team things would improve? What would you think of their selection? They would be great backup to Tsotsobe!

  • SurlyCynic on November 21, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    Hey ZCFOutkast, what happened to your predictions before the UAE tests that Tahir would take no Pakistan wickets and that Smith should be dropped and replaced by Alviro as captain? Guess you're consistent at least!

    More seriously, have you seen Eddie Leie bowl his legspin? The guy is talented and will be our next attacking spinner after Tahir. Unfortunately Phangiso is like a Peterson who can't bat.

  • Rohit... on November 21, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    I am surprised to see SA smashing Kallis... If you all don't need him then why don't you lend him to India for the World Cup... He can even open the bowling for India.

  • ZCFOutkast on November 21, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    South African team, still only Tsotsobe representing. The wait for the likes of Phangiso etc will only increase. Typical!!!

  • Shazy777 on November 21, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    no doubt Kallis is LEDGENT... Greatest Cricketer of all time but i think he should only be focous on test.. If kallis wnts to play 2015 wc why he miss the Champion Trophy 2013 where he has a best chance to diliver & S.A neet his experience in CT... Kallis play whole IPL & when the time come to represent his national team kallis wants to take rest & plan for future...!!!

  • on November 21, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    Welcome back to the greatest Cricketer of the modern era and perhaps greatest cricketer of all time. Kallis will bring stability to a fragile batting order that failed misersably against Sri Lanka and stumbled against Pakistan. The recent success against Pak has been masked by an unblievably incompetent Pak Batting order that couldn't chase below par totals on friendly conditions so Kallis will need some time in the middle before SA faces the Indians

  • 2nd_Slip on November 21, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Just glad that Faf has finally been dropped, was seriously getting annoyed at his constant inclusion. Although not the brightest of ideas looking into the future but the addition of Kallis makes our rather fragile batting more stable and plus he brings in an extra bowling option.

  • viji4u on November 21, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    Seriously SA Cricket Board? All other major cricket countries grooming young blood, and SA's regressive mindset is clear with inclusion of Kallis after his long absence from international arena. I respect Kallis and no doubt he is great cricketer and might score good in the coming series...

  • on November 21, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    Welcome back to my ever loved cricketer!!

  • CricketMaan on November 21, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    I simply like the way other Boards and Media allow the selectors to reason out thier selection and some straight talking.

  • SurlyCynic on November 21, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    People sometimes criticise Kallis's strike rate as the 'anchor' in the innings, but compared to Faf he will actually speed things up! It's about time Faf was dropped, he has been struggling in ODIs for a long time.

  • KVAM on November 21, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    Bringing back Kallis to ODIs would be a grave mistake from Cricket SA..this will shorten his life in Test and his possibility to come closer to the records of SRT. The only man I feel who has a chance to come anywhere near Test records set by Sachin is Kallis. A true legend is stature. We cricket lovers should respect and recognize his contribution too..an unsung hero..SA has a relatively good ODI side and inclusion of Kallis wont have any added value.

  • vish57 on November 21, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    We can expect 3-0 win for SA against India and Pak. Neither sub continent team can win even a single match. May be a farewell ODI series for Kallis as he is becoming another Tendulkar towards or his retirement. SA , such a strong team choke in critical matches; they need more of mental conditioning than physical. I wish SA wins both T20 WC at Bangladesh and ODI WC at ANZ.

  • SurlyCynic on November 21, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Is Kallis trying to copy Ajmal's bowling action in that picture? I guess it's a good idea as SA needs more practice against Ajmal.

  • on November 21, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    good to see Kallis returning to the south African team for the ODI. will be enjoyable to see him making runs.

  • Nayel_19 on November 21, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    @TJP1000 on (November 21, 2013, 8:44 GMT) Did you just say Amla should be dropped completely??

  • on November 21, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    a very good squad on all accounts, my team would be smith amla kallis duminy de villiers de cock wk miller parnell 2/3 out of steyn morkel tstobe 11 tahir

  • on November 21, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    Jk is back

  • on November 21, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    this will give SA more boost up in batting as well as in bowling

  • Edassery on November 21, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Great to have the Veteran back who knows the sub-continent conditions better than any other foreigner...

  • TJP1000 on November 21, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    Very good squad. My starting 11 would be Smith, De Kock, Amla, Kallis, De Villiers, Duminy, Miller, Steyn, Morkel, Tsotsobe and Tahir. I would rotate Tsotsobe and Philander, as they are similar and may add a bit Philander with the bat. If SA has a good start from the top 3, De Villiers & Miller & Duminy should move up the order before Kallis. Kallis and Amla should really be our anchors and bat through while De Kock, De Villiers and Miller should have the freedom to play around them. If FAF comes back into the squad, he should either bat at 3 (With Amla replacing Smith at the top of the order) or be dropped completely, as Miller is a much better finisher and he doesn't come close to Duminy and De Villiers in the middle order. Faf's record at the opener and 3 is quite good though and therefore according to me he should be competing with Smith and De Kock.

  • TJP1000 on November 21, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    Very good squad. My starting 11 would be Smith, De Kock, Amla, Kallis, De Villiers, Duminy, Miller, Steyn, Morkel, Tsotsobe and Tahir. I would rotate Tsotsobe and Philander, as they are similar and may add a bit Philander with the bat. If SA has a good start from the top 3, De Villiers & Miller & Duminy should move up the order before Kallis. Kallis and Amla should really be our anchors and bat through while De Kock, De Villiers and Miller should have the freedom to play around them. If FAF comes back into the squad, he should either bat at 3 (With Amla replacing Smith at the top of the order) or be dropped completely, as Miller is a much better finisher and he doesn't come close to Duminy and De Villiers in the middle order. Faf's record at the opener and 3 is quite good though and therefore according to me he should be competing with Smith and De Kock.

  • Edassery on November 21, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Great to have the Veteran back who knows the sub-continent conditions better than any other foreigner...

  • on November 21, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    this will give SA more boost up in batting as well as in bowling

  • on November 21, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    Jk is back

  • on November 21, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    a very good squad on all accounts, my team would be smith amla kallis duminy de villiers de cock wk miller parnell 2/3 out of steyn morkel tstobe 11 tahir

  • Nayel_19 on November 21, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    @TJP1000 on (November 21, 2013, 8:44 GMT) Did you just say Amla should be dropped completely??

  • on November 21, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    good to see Kallis returning to the south African team for the ODI. will be enjoyable to see him making runs.

  • SurlyCynic on November 21, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Is Kallis trying to copy Ajmal's bowling action in that picture? I guess it's a good idea as SA needs more practice against Ajmal.

  • vish57 on November 21, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    We can expect 3-0 win for SA against India and Pak. Neither sub continent team can win even a single match. May be a farewell ODI series for Kallis as he is becoming another Tendulkar towards or his retirement. SA , such a strong team choke in critical matches; they need more of mental conditioning than physical. I wish SA wins both T20 WC at Bangladesh and ODI WC at ANZ.

  • KVAM on November 21, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    Bringing back Kallis to ODIs would be a grave mistake from Cricket SA..this will shorten his life in Test and his possibility to come closer to the records of SRT. The only man I feel who has a chance to come anywhere near Test records set by Sachin is Kallis. A true legend is stature. We cricket lovers should respect and recognize his contribution too..an unsung hero..SA has a relatively good ODI side and inclusion of Kallis wont have any added value.