Kallis regains number three spot

Kallis averages 46.52 when batting at number three

Kallis averages 46.52 when batting at number three

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South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis has regained his number three spot for the upcoming ODI series against Sri Lanka, which gets underway on July 6 in Colombo.

Kallis has batted at number three 197 times and has scored 7,769 runs at a fantastic average of 46.52.

“Jacques is back and he has held the No. 3 position for a long time but hasn’t played a lot of ODI cricket recently so he will probably slot back into that position,” South Africa head coach Russell Domingo said. “We have a good understanding of what our batting order is going to be and we are going to try and be as consistent as possible with it.”

Domingo also revealed that practising in the heat has already taken a toll on his side. The Proteas were forced to train indoors on Tuesday, but they emerged outdoors the following day and toiled in the 33-degree heat and 80 per cent humidity.

“The guys practiced with good purpose and intensity so we are good to go in terms of getting the tour started after a bit of rain,” Domingo said. “It’s been hot and humid. These are some of the factors that we have to get used to in tomorrow’s game. Tomorrow’s game will be a good start in terms of acclimatizing to these hot conditions.”

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