Fans: Kallis must quit ODIs!

2013-12-17 14:20
Jacques Kallis (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Sport24 readers believe Proteas all-rounder Jacques Kallis must either play regularly in one day internationals, or he must retire.

The 38-year old Kallis, who missed the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy for personal reasons, didn't feature in either the ODI series in Sri Lanka or the one against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates and has only featured in four of the Proteas' past six ODIs, registering knocks of 50 and 7 against Pakistan and 10 and 10 against India.

Until he played recently against Pakistan, Kallis had been absent from the Proteas' ODI  team for 21 months.

In his last ODI against India at Kingsmead, Kallis was dropped down to number six in the batting order and did not bowl, evidence perhaps that he is becoming a peripheral figure for the ODI team.

Kallis' lack of game time in the format has led to speculation amongst some of our readers that he 'picks and chooses' when to play in the format, which has prompted concerns over his dedication to the cause, and has cast doubt over his future in the shorter forms of the game.

A majority of Sport24 readers believed that Kallis should just focus on Test cricket, while almost a third of those polled said the Proteas stalwart would have to be in-form and playing regularly to stand any chance of making the squad.

Only 15% of readers believed Kallis was indispensible to the Proteas batting line-up.

Sport24 asked:

"Jacques Kallis is yet to sparkle this summer for the Proteas ODI team, do you think he is still on course to make the 2015 Cricket World Cup squad?"

These were the results:

15% - Yes, he's indispensible to the batting line-up.
54% - No, it's time for him to focus on Test cricket.
32% - Maybe, if on form, but he needs game time.

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