Yes, many agree King Kallis should abdicate

2014-07-15 00:00

LAST Friday’s edition of The Witness posed the question whether Jacques Kallis should either retire or be dropped from the Proteas one-day team.

This came after a series of mediocre contributions that culminated in another failure with the bat on Saturday, when he scored four runs for a total of five runs in three completed innings — his contributions somewhat hidden in the euphoria of the Proteas taking their first one-day series win in Sri Lanka.

He is not bowling due to a dodgy back and his only part in the historic occasion was to take a catch on Saturday.

With the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in February, the question was raised as to whether Kallis is riding the wave of experience as the main criterion for his being in the team or whether it’s a case of playing the waiting game, hoping a player of his pedigree will finally come good and vindicate the faith shown in him by the selectors.

The paper invited readers to submit their thoughts and comments and from what has been received, there’s a clear message that yes, the King should abdicate:

“The selectors have got it all wrong in selecting Kallis as a specialist batsman. His value to the Proteas is as an all-rounder. He should be selected only when he can bowl and at the expense of a bowler and not of a batsman of the class of Faf du Plessis.

“His batting position should be that of an all-rounder at No 6 and he should come in to bat before the big hitters if Amla is not at the crease.

“The big hitters at the end of an innings should bat around him (or Amla). It would help them take the risks necessary in the knowledge that one end is safe. This would help managing the pressure situations that are common at the tail end of a chase.

“The strategic objectives of the inclusion of Kallis is to enhance the Protea’s ability to chase down scores, which is an apparent weakness, and to provide an experienced fourth or fifth bowler.”

— Omar Latiff

“Yes I agree. Kallis must step down. Nothing lasts forever. Give the youngsters exposure and groom them for the future. Kallis has been a great servant to the country. It is about time he bows out if we want to win the World Cup.”

— Rasheed Packman

“With a score of four in the deciding ODI on Saturday, Kallis’s performances in his last six ODI matches read six, 10, 10, zero, one, four — a grand total of 31 for an average of 5,17 per innings. This from a number three batsman.

“I have no hesitation in supporting to the hilt the views on Jacques’s place in the team. In short, he must retire before the selectors wield the axe, which they must surely do now, given the dismal run of his failures over the past six innings over some 20 months.

“Of course we all applaud his magnificent contribution to SA cricket over many years but, in the words of that old song, Now is the Hour.

“The headline to the article posed the question: ‘Is it time for the King to abdicate?’ Yes, yes and yes again.”

— Colin Paige

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