Proteas in England

Eng will miss Pietersen - Kallis

2012-08-14 21:22
Jacques Kallis (File)

London - England will miss Kevin Pietersen in this week's third and final Test against South Africa at Lord's, visiting all-rounder Jacques Kallis said on Tuesday.

Pietersen's team-mates Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan believe the home side's strength has not been compromised by the absence of the batsman who was left out because he failed to confirm he did not send derogatory text messages about colleagues to the opposition.

The 32-year-old, named Man of the Match after hitting a brilliant 149 in the second Test at Leeds, has piled up 7 076 runs in 88 Tests at an average of 49.48.

"He's a world-class player and he's proven that over many years - putting in big performances for England - so I'm sure he's going to be missed," Kallis told Sky Sports television.

Swann and Bresnan had earlier rejected suggestions England would be vulnerable without Pietersen in a match they must win to ensure they retain their status as the world's No 1 Test nation.

Yorkshire batsman Jonny Bairstow has come into the side as a replacement, with Bresnan even saying the hosts could be stronger without Pietersen.

Kallis doubted the row would end the South African-born batsman's international career.

"I've no doubts they'll come to an agreement and something will be sorted out. These sorts of things are going to happen throughout his career," Kallis said.

"I don't think it'll affect him, I think he'll bounce back and I think he's still got a lot of cricket ahead of him. He's too good a player to stay out of the international scene."

The third Test begins on Thursday.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
9 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
30 September 2016
South Africa v Australia, Centurion 13:30
02 October 2016
South Africa v Australia, Johannesburg 10:00
05 October 2016
South Africa v Australia, Durban 13:30
Previous Results

Date Match Result
Vote

The Proteas' three-Test tour of Australia is:

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

Big month in the world of golf as the FedEx Cup concludes on the PGA Tour, the Race to Dubai gathers steam on the European Tour and the Sunshine Tour offers local golfers the chance to bank some cash. Oh, and not forgetting the USA v Europe Ryder Cup showdown at Hazeltine!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.