Pakistan v SA

Kallis remains Proteas' 'rock'

2013-11-22 09:21
Jacques Kallis (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Jacques Kallis is still the best all-rounder in world cricket and will always find a spot in the Proteas team, says team-mate JP Duminy.

Kallis, 38, was on Thursday recalled to the Proteas squad for the three-match ODI series against Pakistan and India taking place in November and December respectively.

Kallis, a veteran of 321 matches in the 50 overs format, played his last ODI against New Zealand in February 2012.

However, Duminy feels Kallis will slot in seamlessly with the team despite his long absence in this format.

"He is the rock on which the Proteas' success is built," Duminy told Die Burger's website.

"He is still the best all-rounder in world cricket."

Kallis replaced Faf du Plessis in the 14-man squad named. Graeme Smith also returns after making a complete recovery from injury and Robin Peterson drops out with Imran Tahir picked as the main spinner.

Proteas ODI squad:

AB de Villiers (Titans, captain), Hashim Amla (Cape Cobras), Quinton de Kock (Highveld Lions), JP Duminy (Cape Cobras), Imran Tahir (Highveld Lions), Jacques Kallis (Cape Cobras), Ryan McLaren (Knights), David Miller (Dolphins), Morné Morkel (Titans), Wayne Parnell (Warriors), Vernon Philander (Cape Cobras), Graeme Smith (Cape Cobras), Dale Steyn (Cape Cobras), Lonwabo Tsotsobe (Highveld Lions)

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