SA to ‘develop a strategy of playing Kallis’

2014-05-15 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Proteas coach Russell Domingo says Jacques Kallis must play the majority of the 24 One-Day Internationals South Africa have left before next year’s Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

The 38-year-old Kallis retired from Test cricket last summer but has made his intentions clear that he wants to play in the 2015 World Cup.

Cricket South Africa’s convener of selectors Andrew Hudson earlier this month confirmed that Kallis will be part of the Proteas One-Day squad for the tour to Sri Lanka in July.

Kallis did not play an ODI between February 2012 and November 2013, but returned to the format in the home series against Pakistan and India late last year.

After touring Sri Lanka, the Proteas will participate in a triangular tournament in Zimbabwe featuring the hosts and Australia, before heading Down Under for a couple of series against the Kiwis and the Aussies.

By the time the World Cup starts in February 2015, South Africa would have played 24 ODIs and Domingo wants Kallis to play as many of those as possible to prove that he can be picked for the world showpiece event.

Domingo told yesterday’s Cape Times that they’ve got to continue to “develop a strategy of playing with Kallis” in order to incorporate him back into the side on a consistent basis.

He said Kallis’s all-round abilities change the make-up of the side and allow them to play seven batsmen, with Kallis’s bowling option.

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