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Kallis fit to bat for South Africa in 1st test

Kallis fit to bat for South Africa in 1st test

Speculation about the composition of the South African team for the first test against England ended Monday when the South African selectors reduced the squad for the match to 12 after being convinced that Jacques Kallis was fit to play.
All-rounder Kallis, who bats at No. 4 for South Africa, may not be able to bowl in the match which begins on Wednesday at Supersport Park in Pretoria as he is not being fully recovered from a broken rib suffered a couple of months ago. But the Proteas' highest test run-scorer was pronounced fit to bat after getting through several practice sessions without discomfort at a national team camp in Potchefstroom at the weekend. Kallis' recuperation had included spending time in an oxygen chamber to hasten the healing process.
Three players _ batsman Alviro Petersen, all-rounder Ryan McLaren and left-arm seamer Wayne Parnell _ were on Monday released to play for their club teams this week. The only reserve player still with the Proteas is uncapped fast bowler Friedel de Wet. He provides cover for fast bowler Dale Steyn, who has been hampered by a hamstring strain for a couple of weeks.
"Both Jacques Kallis and Dale Steyn should be fit to take their places," South Africa coach Mickey Arthur said. "Nevertheless we are keeping Friedel de Wet on standby as a like-for-like replacement for Dale. There is always the chance with bowlers that Dale could wake up on the morning of the match with a recurrence and we don


Updated : 2021-10-23 04:25 GMT+08:00