ICC Champions Trophy 2013: Kallis misses out on South Africa squad
ICC Champions Trophy 2013: South Africa's Jacques Kallis misses out on a place in 15-man squad due to 'personal reasons'
South Africa will be without Jacques Kallis for next month’s ICC Champions Trophy after the 37-year-old made himself unavailable due to “personal reasons”.
Kallis has limited his one-day international appearances in the past few years in an attempt to prolong his glittering career, but despite last appearing in a ODI over a year ago, he was expected to be in 15-man squad for the tournament which takes place in England and Wales.
The veteran all-rounder’s agent said it was a “short-term” decision that did not affect Kallis’s desire to keep playing Test cricket for the Proteas, while dismissing speculation he was close to retiring.
Cricket South Africa gave no further details about the circumstances around Kallis’s absence, with head selector Andrew Hudson claiming it was “too early” to speculate if his career was coming to an end.
“That was Jacques’s request [to be left out] and we were respectful of that,” Hudson said, adding that it did not mean Kallis’s 17-year, 321-game ODI career was over.
“He was and he is a great cricketer for South Africa, but I think it’s a little too early to speculate (on his future). But we respect his decision for personal reasons. I’m sure in the next few weeks we’ll learn more.”
However, there was good news for the South Africans after JP Duminy and Faf du Plessis were included in the travelling party, along with captain AB de Villiers and Graeme Smith.
Duminy has been out for six months following nasty ankle and Achilles injuries sustained against Australia.
South Africa face India in the opening match of the tournament in Cardiff on 6 June, with hosts England set to announce their reduced 15-man squad on Friday morning.
South Africa Champions Trophy 15-man squad: AB de Villiers (captain), H Amla, F Behardien, JP Duminy, F du Plessis, C Ingram, R Kleinveldt, R McLaren, D Miller, M Morkel, R Peterson, A Phangiso, G Smith, Dale Steyn, L Tsotsobe.