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Kallis out for first ODI

2009-04-02 13:46

Durban - South Africa's premier all-rounder, Jacques Kallis, will miss the first MTN one-day international (ODI) against Australia at Kingsmead on Friday.

Although Kallis has made a good recovery from a groin strain sustained during the third Test against Australia at Newlands last month, Proteas captain Graeme Smith said it had been decided to rest him for the first ODI to give him time to recover completely. Kallis will probably play in the second match in Centurion on Sunday.

Others who will miss out on Friday's match are newcomers Roelof van der Merwe, Vaughn van Jaarsveld and Wayne Parnell.

Smith, who missed the ODI series in Australia, as well as the third Test in Cape Town and the two Twenty20 matches last weekend, said he was excited to be back.

"Before I was injured, my one-day record was right up there, I was having a good go at it," he said. "I felt really in control of my game. Every chance you get to play for your country is a special one, so it's nice to be back playing for South Africa. We've played well and the guys are excited."

He said he was not too concerned about facing Australian opening bowler Mitchell Johnson, who broke the little finger on his left hand in Australia, and the little finger on his right hand in the second Test in Durban last month.

"As an opening batter, that's the kind of thing you learn to deal with throughout your career," he said. "I've all around the world, and faced the quickest bowlers. Mentally, it's just about preparing the same way for me. I don't walk out thinking that way - I walk out thinking how I can be successful.

"Mitchell has been bowling very well of late, and has become one of the top bowlers in the world. It's always a challenge when you face a really good bowler, and it's something you look forward to as an opening bat. We've had a really good battle over the last period of time, and I've had a little success and he's had a little success against me, so we'll see what happens."

Smith said he wanted to get the series off to a good start. "If we can put our peg in the ground early, and hopefully get a few good wins up front and make it a long loss period for Australia, that would be ideal for us.

"We've prepared well, we've covered all our bases. We've had a good week of training since the Twenty20s, and the guys are ready to go now. Hopefully we can put all that preparation and positive attitude into a good performance tomorrow."

He dismissed suggestions that the arrival in South Africa of Indian Premier League (IPL) teams in preparation for the IPL tournament, which begins on April 18, would be a distraction to members of the South African squad who had IPL contracts.

"Our focus is on South Africa for the next two weeks," he insisted. "This is our priority and playing for South Africa is the highlight of our careers. We want to make sure we finish this period against Australia on a high note. We want to give ourselves the chance to do well, and then after that, we can look at the IPL.

"But ultimately, South Africa comes first."

Teams:

South Africa - Graeme Smith (capt), Herschelle Gibbs, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Albie Morkel, Mark Boucher, Johan Botha, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Makhaya Ntini.

Australia - Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Clarke, Nathan Bracken, Callum Ferguson, Brett Geeves, Brad Haddin, Nathan Hauritz, James Hopes, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Ben Laughlin, Marcus North, Cameron White

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Comments
  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-02 14:23

    this doesn't make sense. he was cleared of this injury and given 'the green light' according to a daily newspaper this morning- are they 'resting' him or leaving him out? why is gibbs given so many chances after failing over and over. he had a poor tour of australia and didn't perform much better in the pro20's. smell a rat???

  • keith - 2009-04-02 14:31

    Biff is the one that needs to get dropped! Any bets on how many runs he wont make? When last did he actually hit a cricket ball?

  • LOURENS - 2009-04-02 14:32

    GO GRAEME!!!!!!! U ARE THE BEST BATSMAN IN THE WORLD,STATS DONT LIE!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kolobe - 2009-04-02 15:14

    Too Old!!I think that it is time that Jaques makes way for younger cricketers!!!thats the Reason Australia will remain tops!! they know when to say goodbye to older players!Glen Mcgrath was still number one when they dropped him!!so was Brett Lee!!so why must we keep kallis for this long!!he must only play Test Cricket!!

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-02 15:16

    anyone else notice how 'lucky' van der merwe was in his pro20 debut? simple technique for batting....wait till the ball is released, then clsoe your eyes and give it a mighty swing..oh and hope you get lucky with a few swings. You gotta feel for Ontong, who was supposedly picked for his batting in the pro20 game.

  • keth shut it - 2009-04-02 15:39

    keith you must be a semi retard have you not seen where Biff is on the odi top 10?? You sad sad dummy

  • Pigat - 2009-04-02 16:15

    stem saam oor sieing van Roelof v/d Merwe - maar dis nou maar een maal so - hy gaan sy beurt kry met die Proteas. Roelof is nie te sleg nie , maar daar is verskeie ander ouens wat plek voor hom verdien - maar die beslissing is gemaak. Net so met die Dolphins se nuwe snelbouer - glad nie sleg nie , maar is daar nie ander ouens wat nou reeds reg is om te kan speel nie ? Hy moet dan nou eers tyd met die span deurbring - wil hom natuurlik die fynere kunsies nog leer - maar weer gese , is daar nie ouens wat nie geleer hoef te word nie. Ek stem vir Graham vir President !!

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-02 16:20

    Good...now we might actually have a chance....

  • keith - 2009-04-02 16:25

    now, now "shut it keith". No need for name calling. Lets see the stats after the 1st ODI and the subsequent games thereafter.

  • TheNJdK - 2009-04-02 17:03

    Aus didn't drop Lee, he's injured. And McGrath and every other Aussie great have retired, they weren't dropped either. Why is it that people with absolutely zero cricketing knowledge insist on writing on these things!!

  • naphy - 2009-04-02 17:20

    Kallis shouldn't be allowed to get anywhere near the green and gold coloured gear. He should concentrate on the whites of 5 day cricket to prolong his career.

  • Dawie - 2009-04-02 20:40

    'naphy' shouldn't be allowed anywhere near a cricketing comment...sorry mate, but he is our only decent allrounder now Pollocks gone. Kinda the skills you want in an ODI team.

  • Just Cricket - 2009-04-03 08:26

    @TheNJdK, and Dawie. Good to see some fans have cricketing brains. I bet you played cricket before like me. Whatever team I played in a good allrounder usually contributes massively to winning a match, because they just have that something special that can turn a game when you are looking like loosing. How often Kallis breaks a batting partnership with his bowling when the other bowlers are struggling for a breakthrough. The man has class, he is the best allrounder the game has ever seen, but some people would throw away a million rand if it landed on their doorstep, because it will never be enough. @Pigat. So how come the other batsmen did not score as high as Roelof? Luck may have something to do with one of his shots, but like he says it does not matter in golf how you hit the ball, it matter how it lands. Is Pro20 not dominantly a slogfest? Would you rather see a batsman score 48 of 80 balls? Just be glad we won!!! Several average players have gone on to be great players. Give teh man a chance he deserves your full support.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-03 08:29

    Ponting is a leader. He is an role model for cricket.

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