Kallis believes Pietersen is an irreplaceable player
South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis has announced that he expects to see England batsman Kevin Pietersen play for his country again, after a series of incidents which saw him dropped for the final Test against South Africa at Lord’s.
The England national selectors dropped Pietersen after he was found to have sent derogatory text messages about captain Andrew Strauss and coach Andy Flower to South African pace bowler Dale Steyn and wicketkeeper AB de Villiers during the second Test at Headingley.
Even though Pietersen made 149 outstanding runs at Headingley, and averages nearly 50 in Test cricket, it was not enough to spare him from being left out of the side.
With speculation going around that Pietersen’s international career is over, Kallis, on the other hand, believes that all is not lost for the England batsman.
“I’m sure they’ll sort it out, he’s too good a player to stay out of the international scene. I’ve no doubts they’ll come to an agreement and something will be sorted out. These sorts of things are going to happen throughout his career, a few things have happened. I don’t think it’ll affect him, I think he’ll bounce back and I think he’s still got a lot of cricket ahead of him,” Kallis said.
Kallis also explained that with Pietersen out of the lineup, England would have to search long and hard to find a suitable replacement, which is going to be easier said than done.
“He’s a world-class player and he’s proven that over many years and put in big performances for England so I’m sure he’s going to be missed, but England’s got some good players as well,” Kallis added.
Speaking to reporters before the start of the final Test at Lord’s, which South Africa won to replace England as the world number one Test team, Kallis stated that all the England players would put the Pietersen saga to one side and concentrate on the match at hand.
“I think the guys are professional enough to get on with the job, obviously they are going to want to come out and win the Test match, and once a Test match starts, whatever happened before that, the guys tend to put it behind them and just move forward and look forward,” Kallis said.