Kallis to play for Sydney Thunder in ‘Big bash’

2014-06-13 00:00

BLOEMFONTEIN — Jacques Kallis will get a dry run for the Cricket World Cup in Australia when he plays in the Australian Big Bash T20 league.

The Proteas batsman has been signed by the Sydney Thunder for two seasons.

The Australian franchise started head-hunting Kallis after the lack of experienced batters in the team saw them winning only one of their T20 games in January.

The Big Bash starts on December 20 and continues until February 7.

Kallis’s agent , Dave Rundle, said yesterday Kallis will only be available for the first part of this year’s Big Bash, as he had to report to the Proteas for a One-Day International (ODI) series against the West Indies from January 16 to January 28.

Proteas coach Russell Domingo said the spell in Australia will give Kallis very good insight into local playing conditions before the World Cup starts on February 15.

After Kallis (38) announced his retirement from Test cricket in December, Cricket South Africa signed him to a special ODI contract with one eye on the World Cup

Kallis, who is considered one of the world’s best all-rounders, yesterday confirmed all the paper work had been signed.

Cricket South Africa has not yet officially released him to play in the Big Bash, but this is only a formality, based on his special ODI contract and the fact that he will return for the internationals against the Windies.

He will be joined in Thunder by players like Michael Hussey, Michael Clarke, Eoin Morgan, Chris Woakes, Tilla­karatne Dilshan and Ajantha Mendis.

Kallis is also contracted to the Kol­kata Knight Riders, winners of the Indian Premier League for the second time in three years.

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