Kallis ruled out of ODI series

2009-11-21 16:41

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.”


  • MS - 2009-11-21 17:59

    Big blow. Kallis is an awesome performer, especially of late and he has a stabilising influence. Worthy replacement in Hashim though.

  • Ron - 2009-11-21 18:35

    Get the game turner back, he may not come off every game, but when he does he invariable takes the game totally away from the opposition. Mr HH Gibbs!!

  • Ray Jennings fan - 2009-11-21 20:41

    How come Bosman isn't in the mix for the 50 over format? Nailed England in the T20 and partnered Smith extremely well. Just needs 10 overs to set up a solid platform for the Proteas, in the mould of an on-song Gibbs.

  • Ivan - 2009-11-21 21:26

    Personally I think they will miss Kallis more as a bowler than as a batsman. Our bowling is basically c**p & he seems to be able to stabilise it. Also they will now have to play an extra bowler thus weakening the batting even more. The knockers on these cricketing boards don't give Kallis his due.

  • GeePMB - 2009-11-21 21:33

    BOSMAN!!! Bring him in, he is still an unknown quantity and is a big hitter. If he helps us win the first two games and then gets found out, we will have the upper hand. As for Gibbs, sorry Ron, but sadly he is well past his sell-by date.

  • HE - 2009-11-21 21:51

    Sad about Jacques but we cannot rely on his being around forever so we need others to step up to the plate. I thought Bosman was injured but he should certainly be given a chance. Please explain where Gibbs is? Has he left the country or what?

  • Miked - 2009-11-21 22:17

    For once I am pleased to see that we have people who see Kallis for what he is S.A. Best cricketer of all time who hopefully will have many years left in the game.

  • Middle Stump - 2009-11-22 08:57

    Kallis injured - Again ! Why am I not surprised ! - The responsibility and workload heaped on Kallis over the years by at times an inept team is finally taking its toll on a class player. He is not going to be around forever - we need to appreciate what he has done for SA cricket and to enjoy whats left of his limited time in the game !

  • Thys - 2009-11-22 10:41

    Bad luck Kallis, hope he come back and bat like the king he is....

  • Choker - 2009-11-23 09:32

    Sad about Kallis, but it may be a good thing. We need to build a team for the 2011 WC, I hope the selectors have the vision to start now. This injury openend a door for someone to stake a claim in the ODI team, now all we need is for that useless Boucher to be replaced by someone who can actually use the bat in ODI games. Sadly Boucher has passed his sellby date, and guys like Kuhn is itching for an opportunity.

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