Kallis keen to play world cup

2013-08-21 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Jacques Kallis yesterday reiterated his intention to extend his ODI career and to be a part of the Proteas team in their quest to win the next edition of the Cricket World Cup in Australasia.

“Playing for my country has always been both a huge honour and a privilege,” commented Kallis.

“It remains my aspiration to be available for the 2015 edition of the Cricket World Cup, but at the same time I know as an all-rounder approaching my 38th birthday, I will need to assess my future in the game season by season.

“At the moment I am feeling mentally and physically refreshed and I am looking forward to carry on playing for my country as long as possible.”

Proteas head coach Russell Domingo said that Kallis’s contribution to the ODI side between now and the World Cup would need to be carefully managed.

“We are scheduled to play 30 ODIs between now and the start of the World Cup and we cannot expect Jacques to play every match,” he said. “If we were to do that we would limit his longevity and we don’t want that. The plan is to bring him back into the ODI squad for the home series against India in November.”

Meanwhile, New Zealand legend Richard Hadlee said great, genuine all-rounders in cricket will disappear when Kallis finally retires.

Widely considered the best player the Black Caps have ever produced, Hadlee, now 62, said in an interview on www.espncricinfo.com this week that the truly versatile likes of the Proteas star will not be seen again.

Pointing to the three different international formats these days and an increasingly packed roster, Hadlee feels the chances of another great all-rounder emerging anywhere on the planet are slim.

“The responsibility of the all-rounder is to change the course of the match with an inspired performance either with bat or ball or with both,” he said. “Jacques Kallis is actually one of the few who has adapted to all formats of the game and survived — remarkable.

“Statistically he is the greatest all-rounder ever in the history of the game.

“There are some pretty handy all-rounders but whether you are going to get the great ones back again, I think highly unlikely … once Kallis goes, I don’t think there is anyone else that can start matching up.”

There have been some raised eyebrows over Kallis’s absence from ODIs since February 2012 — coincidentally, in New Zealand.


Matches — 321


Runs — 11 498

100s — 17

Average — 45,26


Wickets — 270

Average — 31,69

RPO — 4,82

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