Kallis to play ODI series against Sri Lanka in July, says Andrew Hudson

"Kallis is no ordinary cricketer and, whatever the format, he brings balance to the team"

“Kallis is no ordinary cricketer and, whatever the format, he brings balance to the team”

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South Africa’s convener of selectors Andrew Hudson has announced that veteran all-rounder Jacques Kallis will be part of the national team that takes on Sri Lanka in an ODI series in July.

Hudson also noted that it is likely that Kallis will also be included in South Africa’s World Cup squad.

“Look, from a selector’s perspective, Kallis isn’t a certainty,” Hudson told The Telegraph. “We’d love to first see him perform and, then, come to the party. We’ve got around 25 ODIs between now and the World Cup, so there will be opportunities.

“Kallis will be there [Sri Lanka]. After Sri Lanka, we’ll be travelling to Zimbabwe.

“Kallis is no ordinary cricketer and, whatever the format, he brings balance to the team. A batting all-rounder is rather unusual in today’s game. He’s in our scheme of things, but he’ll have to prove that he’s still good enough and that he actually wants to play at the international level.”

Hudson also noted that no decision has been taken on who will replace Graeme Smith at South Africa’s Test captain.

Smith shocked the cricketing world by announcing his retirement after South Africa were beaten 2-1 by Australia in March.

“We haven’t decided,” he said. “The selectors will take inputs from the coach [Russell Domingo] before making a recommendation to the board.

“[The final decision] Will be that of the board. We’d like to have a captain for the next three-five years. We aren’t looking at the next series only.”

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