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Kallis unlikely to play in third test



Jacques Kallis’s heroic batting effort in the first innings of the second test against Australia on Saturday – and the fact that he will almost certainly have to bat again in the second innings – seems certain to rule him out of the third test at the Waca in Perth starting next Friday.

A grade-one hamstring strain meant Kallis only arrived at the crease when the seventh wicket went down but he still managed a fighting 58 during an eighth-wicket stand of 93 with Faf du Plessis to help South Africa recover from 250-7 to a total of 388, a deficit of 162 runs.

“His initial hamstring strain has responded well to treatment over the last 48 hours under the capable hands of our physiotherapist, so much so that he was almost symptom free,” said team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee.

“He was always able to bat, the challenge was, what’s going to happen when he runs. So it’s safe to say he’s probably aggravated his injury by running and batting. He’s probably going to have to bat the second innings. If that happens, there’s no guarantee he’ll be fit and ready for the next test with a three-day turnaround, Moosajee said.

“If he bats again it is unlikely he will respond in time to be fit to take his place in the Perth test match because of the quick turnaround. The selectors are possibly considering sending a replacement as cover but they haven’t made a decision as yet.”

Chevrolet Knights allrounder Ryan McLaren seems the most likely allrounder to be called up but if Imran Tahir is omitted from the third test after his inauspicious return in Adelaide then Robin Peterson could provide the spin option and also provide further batting depth.

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