Kallis set for regular ODI duty

2014-05-14 14:03
Jacques Kallis (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Proteas coach Russell Domingo says Jacques Kallis must play the majority of the 24 One-Day Internationals South Africa have left before next year's Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

The 38-year-old Kallis retired from Test cricket last summer but has made his intentions clear that he wants to play in the 2015 World Cup.

Cricket South Africa's convener of selectors, Andrew Hudson, earlier this month confirmed that Kallis will be part of the Proteas one-day squad for the tour to Sri Lanka in July.

Kallis did not play an ODI between February 2012 and November 2013, but returned to the format in the home series against Pakistan and India late last year.

After touring Sri Lanka, the Proteas will participate in a triangular tournament in Zimbabwe featuring the hosts and Australia, before heading Down Under for a couple of series against New Zealand and the Aussies.

By the time the World Cup starts in February 2015, South Africa would have played 24 ODIs and Domingo wants Kallis to play as much of those as possible to prove that he can be picked for the world showpiece event.

Domingo told Wednesday's Cape Times that they've got to continue to "develop a strategy of playing with Kallis" in order to incorporate him back into the side on a consistent basis.

He said Kallis's all-round abilities change the make-up of the side and allows them to play seven batsmen, with Kallis's bowling option. Without Kallis in the team, the Proteas have largely picked six batsmen with the No 7 being an all-rounder.

Kallis's versatility and experience would therefore clearly be an asset to the Proteas.

The coach continued by saying that while it would be "stupid" to play Kallis in all 24 matches leading up to the World Cup, he will play a "vast majority" of the games.

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