England in SA
Kallis ruled out of ODI series
Johannesburg - Jacques Kallis has been ruled out of the remainder of the MTN ODI series against England after an MRI scan on Saturday morning revealed a fracture in the area of the seventh rib.
“He just wasn’t getting better from that side injury, so we had him scanned,” commented national coach Mickey Arthur. “We found that there is a fracture in the cartilage of the rib which clearly affects his performances for the next four weeks. That is very disappointing from our side.
“We are hoping that he should be ready for the first Test match. He will have an injection tomorrow(Sunday) that will speed recovery up."
“The initial scan we had done in India when the injury became an issue during the Champions’ League did not show anything, so initially we treated the injury as a strain. We slowly started building up his bowling as it did not affect his batting.
“But his condition started getting worse and worse and we could not see any light at the end of the tunnel. We had him up to 80% last week in terms of his bowling and then two days ago he bowled one ball at 30 per cent and it hurt. That started the alarm bells ringing and we sent him for an MRI this morning.
“It is disappointing but we have groomed Hashim Amla to open the batting. He has travelled with the one-day team for quite a period of time and that included playing the whole away series in Australia earlier this year when Graeme Smith was out injured. We are confident that Hashim will be an adequate replacement.”