Kallis pulls out of Champions Trophy
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – West Indies will not have to contend with Jacques Kallis in next month’s Champions Trophy in England, after the powerful all-rounder opted out the 15-man South Africa squad for “personal reasons”.
The 37-year-old Kallis, the fifth highest run-getter in One-Day Internationals, was expected to play a key role in the June 6-23 tournament, which will be the final edition to be staged.
West Indies and South Africa will do battle in Zone A of the Champions Trophy, alongside India and Pakistan.
They meet in Cardiff in their final preliminary round match on June 14.
“Jacques’s experience will obviously be missed but it does create an opportunity for David Miller whose recent form has been most impressive,” chief selector Andrew Hudson said.
“It also gives a young player the chance to make his mark ahead of the ICC World Cup in 2015.”
Kallis is South Africa’s most experienced one-day player, with 321 ODIs, 15,756 runs and taking 270 wickets under his belt.
The squad, to be led by AB de Villiers, sees the return of JP Duminy after six months off with an ankle injury.