Jacques Kallis surprised by 'pick and choose'

If Jacques Kallis features in the World Cup 2015, he will become the third player after Pakistan’s Javed Miandad and India’s Sachin Tendulkar to feature in six World Cups © Getty Images

Aug 30, 2013

Just a week after Jacques Kallis expressed his desire to play in the World Cup 2015, several claims of him ‘picking and choosing’ while playing for country which has left the veteran surprised.

“I’m not sure where that perception comes from. I have never thought, or suggested, that I deserve some sort of automatic place in the squad, never mind the team. All I ever suggested was that I would like to remain in contention,” Kallis told, as reported by the Mail & Guardian.

“It’s not just about physical, it’s more about mental. My body is fine, I’m training every day and enjoying it. All I’m doing is being honest with myself and with everyone else by asking the question about how much I want to play ODI cricket.

“I have no intention of staying on beyond my time or being selected on my name or reputation, so I needed to be certain about my motivation. When I asked myself whether I wanted to play every series between now and the World Cup, the answer was no. It’s a long, hard day and I’ve had 321 of them.

“But would I like to place myself in contention for selection a year out from the World Cup? Absolutely,” Kallis said.

There have also been claims from some critics that, by not playing every game, Kallis was being “unfair” to the players who were filling in for him.

“I can understand that up to a point. If a player was doing well and was moved out of the team just before the World Cup that would be unfair and I wouldn’t be a part of something like that. I’m saying I would like to be available for selection… If players perform better than me during that time then I don’t expect any favours,” Kallis said.

If he does end up playing the 2015 World Cup, he will become the third player after Pakistan’s Javed Miandad and India’s Sachin Tendulkar to feature in six World Cups. He, however, played down the record and said, “If you chase records in this game, if that’s the reason you play, then you’ll see your backside. I’ve always said that and nothing has changed.