Injured Jacques Kallis may miss third Test against Australia

Jacques Kallis limped his way to an important half-century in the first Innings of the Adelaide Test © Getty Images

Adelaide: Nov 24, 2012

South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis is unlikely to play in the third Test against Australia at Perth after aggravating his the hamstring injury he had suffered while bowling.

Kallis came out to bat for South Africa when the visitors were in dire straits with seven wickets down and looking to avoid follow-on. Kallis scored a fighting half-century to help revive South Africa’s innings. Australian fast-bowlers targeted the batsman with short-pitched deliveries.

“We knew he would always be able to bat. The challenge was what’s going to happen when he runs,” Mohammed Moosajee, South Africa’s team doctors were quoted as saying by uk.eurosports.com
“So it’s safe to say he’s probably aggravated his injury by running and batting. He’s still probably going to have to bat the second innings,” he added.

“If that happens there’s no guarantee to be fit and ready for the next test, with the three-day turnaround,” the doctor further said.

“Cricket South Africa’s selection committee back home are looking into possibly sending out someone as cover but they haven’t made a decision as yet.”

Kallis, who was ruled out of bowling duties on day one, winced repeatedly as he ducked to avoid bouncers launched by Peter Siddle and the Australian pacer on Saturday. Kallis didn’t bowl a single over in the second innings either.

Australia and South Africa start the third test in Perth on November 30.