Kallis fit to face England

2009-12-13 22:45

Eduan Roos

Potchefstroom – The South African cricket team has been boosted with the news that Jacques Kallis has been declared fit for the first Test against England.

The all-round star has been struggling with a rib injury for the past two months. It kept him out of the one-day series against the visitors.

However, he will only play as batsman after not bowling a single delivery during the Proteas’ training camp at Senwas Park.

“The injury is feeling a lot better and I’m batting without any trouble. But I don’t think I’ll be able to bowl, at least not in the first Test,” said Kallis.

However, coach Mickey Arthur says the team are still holding thumbs that Kallis will also be able to be considered as a bowler.

“There are still 72 hours before the Test starts and we’ll look at him again closer to the time,” Arthur said on Sunday.

The first of the four Tests starts as SuperSport Park in Centurion on Wednesday.

Arthur said that Dale Steyn is also ready to have a go at the English batsmen.

It probably means that the Proteas will only require three specialist seam bowlers in their starting team, with Ryan McLaren possibly set for a debut.

Steyn, Makhaya Ntini and Morné Morkel all impressed in Potchefstroom, while McLaren and Paul Harris can be used to limit the run-scoring.

Meanwhile, Ashwell Prince has said that he is delighted to be back in the South African set-up after an absence of almost nine months.

Prince, Ntini and Harris last played for the Proteas in March in the Test series against Australia.

Prince opened the batting with Graeme Smith in the last Test and scored an impressive 150 in his opening debut.

“Much has been said about where I should feature in the batting order, particularly after the century at Newlands,” said Prince.

“However, I batted in the middle order for 47 Tests and it is definitely where I’m the most comfortable. I got my chance again in the new role and I will play wherever I’m needed.”

Prince does not expect to be rusty.

“Makhaya, Paul and myself played a lot of first class cricket while the guys were involved in the one-day series,” he said.


  • Shakes - 2009-12-13 23:38

    If Ash can open the innings (by way of insistence from the selectors) then surely these same selectors can insist AB keep wicket that will allow us to play an extra specialist batsman and not a has been wickie

  • EDWARD - 2009-12-14 06:38

    It does not really matter what team South Africa picks to go on to the field on Wednesday as England has no chance.In fact i do not think England has won a series away from home since they were last on South African soil.To win the series England would have to take 20 wickets and unless they dig up Trueman Statham Laker and Lock that will never happen. The present lot are a joke.

  • Michael Bowery - 2009-12-14 07:13

    Recent sports history is full of those players, who were permitted to come back by their training administration, not really fully fit. During the high stress of top level competition, the result in most cases is the breakdown of the athlete and then out for an even longer period. Slow healing sure healing is much the better way. Michael

  • Goose - 2009-12-14 08:20

    @ Shakes - it is quite evadant that your cricket knowlegde is as bad as my spelling. Boucher does more on and off the field than what people want to see. Maybe you like calling people "has beens" because you are a "never was".

  • Cricket fan - 2009-12-14 08:20

    I say....Bring Imran Khan from the Dolphins to open. Amla ....third. his usual position. But as we all know if Kallis was a non-white player he wouldn't of been considered if injured. A fully fit Kallis....should only be considered for selection

  • Dave - 2009-12-14 08:21

    Prince back! Now that friends, is good news!

  • Semloh - 2009-12-14 08:23

    "Steyn, Makhaya Ntini and Morné Morkel all impressed in Potchefstroom, while McLaren and Paul Harris can be used to limit the run-scoring" - the writer is unclear about what he thinks will be the starting line-up because if you play these 5 bowlers then there is no place for Boucher unless you bring him into top 6?? I agree with you Shakes, AB must take the gloves, but not for the extra batsman for the extra bowler or bowling all-rounder. Having 6 specialist batsmen, Boucher and only 4 specialist bowlers and it turns out to be a batsmans wicket we are also going to struggle to take 20 wickets. Smith, Prince, Kallis, Duminy (6th bowler, not 5th!), Petersen, AB, Mclaren (bowling all-rounder), Harris, Morkel, Steyn, Ntini.

  • kolt - 2009-12-14 08:43

    The english bowling attack might not be the best, but the SA batting line up cannot handle pressure. If the english attack are disciplined in terms of line and length, i foresee problems for SA. Look at what happened in the penultimate 1day game. Edward, my money is on England to win the first test

  • Dave - 2009-12-14 08:45

    Edward, the current English team have just won the ashes (yes I know it wasn't the strongest Aussie side in a while). We underestimate them at our peril. I for one am really looking forward to the series. it will be great to watch 15 of South Africa's best players all in the same test.

  • Just Cricket - 2009-12-14 08:51

    @Shakes. Boring old same rhetoric. Get a move on to newer things. Boring again....

  • Mfanomnyama - 2009-12-14 08:58

    @EDWARD-"It does not really matter what team South Africa picks to go on to the field on Wednesday as England has no chance"Which cave did you just emerge from? Surely there are no tv's or newspapers there i see. The latest news for you is that England flattened RSA on home soil in ODI series by 2:1.Had it not been for the rain it will have been 4:1. Seems you support your chokers more with your heart than reality.This time there won't be any lucky win for the chokers,England will white-wash RSA or should i say RSA will be white-choked.chik-chok,ooooohoooo fart-fart!!

  • @Semloh - 2009-12-14 09:05

    With you 100%. Maybe even consider opening with Peterson and drop Prince down to 5. I hope they are considering this because Alviro is an opener and Prince one of the best middle order batsman in the world. I like watching Amla bat and it would be sad if he is not picked but we do need the extra bowler.

  • Mr Controversy - 2009-12-14 09:06

    Why use Prince as a make shift opener, when Imraan Khan is available? Are the selectors looking to the future or back to the future, for an opener? Use Prince in the middle order. Get rid of the one hit wonder, Duminy. I always knew Mclaren will make his debut in the first test, waste of space in the line up. Thats SA sport for you!!! As a selector you don't just wake up one day and say lets give the unproven Mcalren a chance, at the expense of Albie Morkel and leave out Khan as a specialts opener. There are other things at work, behind the scene.

  • Fikile - 2009-12-14 09:20

    It's time. Mickey Arthur has to go.... watch this space. Boucher the cheat.... way way way past his sell-by date his only the third best keeper in the country. and with him in the team there is no balance. we iether a bowler or a batter light. Majola sir are a real equity appointment keep your white bosses happy, you're coconut. a puppet on a string.

  • @Mfanomnyama - 2009-12-14 09:26

    - please stick to the round ball filled with air, the one that bafana bafana can't seem to figure out...! Why are you even reading this article if you clearly hate the proteas so much? Now go mow the lawn!

  • @Mfanomnyama - 2009-12-14 09:44

    Boring Boring same old rubbish by the same horrible people

  • Sean - 2009-12-14 10:04

    What will it take to GET RID OF MICKEY ARTHUR. England and Auz Series win was a fluke. BOUCHER is over rated. If this was Peter de Villiers the knives would have been out for him a long time ago. if Peter de Villiers was to loose to Italy he would fired. but the FAT CLOWN arthur lost to Bangladesh in a CWC game playing his strongest side and still get his contract renewed. There is something very wrong with cricket in this country.

  • Zuntino - 2009-12-14 10:33

    Mr. Controversy if you think Duminy is a one hit wonder you clearly know nothing about cricket. He is probably the biggest talent to come into the SA side in years, he WILL prove you wrong. Just watch the highlites from the Aussie tour earlier this year, and that goes for Smith as well, I don't get why people say Smith must go, he is without a doubt the best captain and opening batsman we have ever had!!! Mclaren is absolutley a waste of space and must be polishing the right pole to keep his position, I just don't get it, why keep someone in just to keep the batsmen bogged down, get someone in who can take wickets for G0ds sake! And finally the biggest problem we have at the moment is Mickey Arthur, he is the white version of Julias Malema, all talk and no accountability, he needs to go in order for the Proteas to move forward into a new era!!!! FIRE MICKEY ARTHUR!!! On that note, I will be backing the Proteas 100%, always have, always will no matter what!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • @Just Cricket - 2009-12-14 10:50

    Can you remember when Prince was left out after his injury, and an out of form Neil McKenzie was retained. You said Prince was unlucky and there was no space for him. Here Kallis will just walk back in. Anything to say.

  • Lets keep it black - 2009-12-14 10:55

    1. Khan, Peterson, Amla, Duminy, Prince (captain), Gibbs (wk), R Peterson, Zondeki, Parnell, Langeveldt and Ntini. Any takers?

  • Just Cricket - 2009-12-14 11:04

    @Sean. Sis man. Really very mature of you to call people names while hiding on the internet! Why don't you own up and tell us you are just a loser trolling the internet for attention? People, get behind your team or don't support them at all. Kallis should play as a batsman only, agreed, we need him. The stats (I've shown it many a time) conclusively prove that when Kallis plays well, we win. And we know he averages even better when he does not bowl. So it is true that being an all-rounder influences your batting/bowling. Thus, I'd prefer AB to play as batter only. Heino Kuhn is my bet for taking over when Boucher departs.

  • Met Uysh! - 2009-12-14 11:07

    Don't know if it is such a good idea to bring him back already. England will pounce on this and pepper him with short balls into the ribs, and Kallis will have a tough time fending them off as he will still be a bit tender in that area.

  • @Sean - 2009-12-14 11:15

    Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo. Heres hoping Mick Arthur and Smith stay a long time. Hey look at Bafana there players continuosly perform badly and they are always in the team

  • Just Cricket - 2009-12-14 11:19

    Yes I have. Kallis is not just walking back in, he did play in the last test match (19 March 2009) where he scored 102 of 163 balls. The boys have not played any test cricket since then that I know of! This is the first test match of the start of a new season and and if Kallis is fit, he should play, being the best batsman and all-rounder we have. McKenzie has been dropped ages ago after being given a lifeline and Prince is playing in his place, so what's the issue here? I do, however, quite like the idea of Peterson opening in place of Amla (tough call) and Prince moving back to the middle order. My team: Smith, Peterson/Amla, Duminy, Kallis, De Villiers, Prince, Boucher, Harris, Morkel, Steyn, Parnell. We need Duminy to bowl a bit. I've got a suspicion the selectors will gamble with McLaren in place of Parnell. Not a good idea!

  • Keep it real !!! - 2009-12-14 15:46

    @Lets keep it black. Let's play your team against an all-white team: Smith, McKenzie/Rossouw, Elgar, Kallis, De Villiers, Boucher/Kuhn, Harris/Botha, A. Morkel, M. Morkel, Louw, Steyn. Sorry mate you lose! BTW only Zondeki and Ntini is black! What's wrong with having white players in the team?

  • @Lets keep it real - 2009-12-14 16:51

    You have Boucher batting at 6, which weakens your team no end. You only have Steyn and Harris as outright bowlers. A. Morkel is not a bowler. M Morkel is the most over-rated bowler in the world. We have a 17 year 7ft bowler at our cluc that is more consistant than him. Louw?? Please what are you smoking. My team has 5 specialist bowlers and 1 part-timer in Duminy. But lets call it a quits for now. FYI - Basil D'Olibeira was a coloured player who averged 107 in a season and was too black to play for SA. BTW - he was also too black to be part of the England team according to SA back in the day. He averaged in the 40's in tests for England and only made his debut for them when he was 34 I think. Can you imagine what he could've done had he played in his prime? I think I made my point. For now lets just pick the best team and I'm afraid Boucher is not in the top 4 wicket Keepers in the country. I'll rather conver Gibbs into a keeper that play Boucher.

  • @Selmoh - 2009-12-14 16:59

    It looks like Mickey is showing a bit of his hand here. witj Kallis batting at four, he must be thinking Amla at 3 because AB is not ready for 3. That means that Duminy might get the chop because Mickey is surely not going to suggest that the selectors drop his friend Boucher. Or is he?? Now that would really be clever cricket.

  • Dubai Bok - 2009-12-14 19:18

    C'mon guys let's support the Proteas like true South Africans...why is the race card always an issue...and this goes to both you white boys and darkies. By the way Jaques Kallis is a WORLD CLASS cricketer and will walk into any national that is why is he is back in the team.

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