Kallis coming out of exile

2013-11-13 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Jacques Kallis’s voluntary exile from international one-day cricket may end on Sunday.

Sport24 learned Kallis, who last played in February last year for the Proteas, will be available for South Africa’s three one-day international matches against Pakistan.

These matches will prepare the team for next month’s Test series against India.

Kallis has in the past few years increasingly focused on Tests, although his contract with Cricket South Africa stipulates that he should be available for all forms of the game.

Between the last Indian Premier League (IPL) matches in May and the start of SA’s tour to the United Arab Emirates, Kallis did not not play any cricket. Nor did he play for the Cape Cobras in the past month, and he was unavailable for the Cobras’ final at Newlands in the one-day cup.

He did, however, play in all 16 of the Kolkata Knight Riders’ matches in this year’s IPL.

Kallis is 38 years old and it would appear that his lack of game time in the past year had dulled the skills that saw him hit 147 runs in Brisbane against Australia last year and notching three half-tons in that series.

• Meanwhile for the Cobras, Vernon Philander and Robin Peterson landed in Cape Town yesterday after being left out of SA’s T20 squad.

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