Proteas won’t risk Kallis

2011-01-04 00:00

JACQUES Kallis wil not bowl for the rest of the current Test, and will not even take the field due to a bruised rib and a strained side suffered during the first day’s play.

Kallis was struck by Ishant Sharma first, before S Sreesanth aggravated the injury during Kallis’s 39th Test century for the Proteas.

The injury is concerning, with the World Cup just over six weeks away.

Kallis battled on through the pain, as he carded yet another timely ton for the Proteas.

“In that situation, your instincts take over and you just play,” Kallis said, when asked if the injury hindered his stroke-making.

He marshalled the tail magnificently, but still paid tribute to the efforts of Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Paul Harris.

“Lopsy was so proud, he told me that was the first time he had ever been involved in a 50 partnership,” Kallis said.

“He was chuffed, and it’s great the way the guys take pride in their batting. They showed guts and were willing to stick it out.They deserve a lot of credit for that,” he continued.

In all the praising of the bit-part players, one could have easily forgotten that Kallis notched a significant milestone in the process, joining Ricky Ponting as the second-highest century maker in Test cricket.

With Ponting battered and embattled Down Under, few will bet against Kallis moving into second on his own, though still some way short of Sachin Tendulkar’s collection of 50.

“It’s the sort of thing that I will probably reflect on when I’ve retired, but for now I am just happy to make a contribution when it matters for the team,” Kallis explained.

He did say it was one of his favourite knocks, on his favourite ground.

When you consider the challenges when I came in on the first day, and then batting with the tail, it’s up there with my best,” he said.

“Newlands is just a great place to play cricket, and it’s a good cricket wicket, with something in it for the bowlers too.”

The Proteas bowlers will have to do without Kallis for this match, but he was confident that they will be fine.

“The boys are quite fit and I am sure they will be fine without me. It will be important to get early breakthroughs, but there is still a lot of bounce in the track.

“With the runs on the board, I think we are still ahead in the game.”

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