No Kallis for Champions Trophy

The Proteas will travel to next month’s ICC Champions Trophy without star all-rounder Jacques Kallis.

The 37-year-old, currently playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, was excluded for personal reasons.

This morning, The Star reported that he called Proteas convenor of selectors Andrew Hudson saying that he was not in the correct mental state to take part.

Kallis has only missed one ICC tournament in his 18-year international career, the 2007 T20 World Cup, owing to perceived slow scoring.

Hudson said Kallis’ ODI experience, all of 321 matches, will be missed, but the all-rounder did say he wanted the 2015 World Cup to be his swansong.

That now will be determined by how well the young players perform.

“Jacques’ experience will obviously be missed but it does create an opportunity for David Miller, whose recent form has been most impressive. It also gives a young player the chance to make his mark ahead of the ICC World Cup in 2015,” Hudson said.

“We have stayed consistent with the squad that played in the Momentum ODI series against Pakistan, also bearing in mind that we wanted to choose players who are well-equipped for England conditions.”

Continuity was the watchword in team selection, with Hudson and coach Gary Kirsten sticking to the personnel that saw them through the past three ODI series. Left-handed middle-order batsman JP Duminy makes a welcome return to the team after the Achilles tendon injury he suffered during the Australian test tour in November last year.

Spin bases have been covered by Robin Peterson and Aaron Phangiso.

AB de Villiers will captain the side and keep wicket, but Highveld Lions youngster Quinton de Kock will be on standby.

Proteas Champions Trophy squad: AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Colin Ingram, Rory Kleinveldt, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morné Morkel, Robin Peterson, Aaron Phangiso, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

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