Kallis set to miss third Test

  • Last Updated: November 24 2012, 12:16 GMT

South Africa have confirmed that injured Jacques Kallis will bat again if required in the second Test against Australia, but expect him to sit out the third Test.

Kallis: Picked up hamstring injury in second Test
Kallis: Picked up hamstring injury in second Test

After picking up a hamstring injury on the first day in Adelaide, the veteran all-rounder batted at number nine for the tourists in their first innings.

Kallis defied his ailment to make a battling 58 which helped South Africa avoid the follow-on, hitting 10 boundaries and a six in his determined knock.

The Proteas revealed that his injury had responded well over the past couple of days but was sufficiently bad to ensure he would almost certainly miss the third and final Test in Perth.

"His initial hamstring strain had responded very well, so much so that he was almost symptom free," team manager Mohammed Moosajee said. "We knew he would always be able to bat. The challenge was what's going to happen when he runs.

"It's safe to say he's probably aggravated his injury by running and batting. He's still probably going to have to bat in the second innings.

"He will bat in the second innings but it's unlikely he'll respond in time to be fit to take his place in the Perth Test match because of the quick three-day turnaround."

Current ICC rules mean batsmen are not permitted to use runners in international cricket.

Moosajee went on to reveal that Cricket South Africa's selectors were looking into the possibility of calling up a player as cover for Kallis should he be ruled out, but insisted no final decision had been taken.

Moosajee did have more positive news of paceman Vernon Philander who has been sidelined with a lower back complaint, adding: "Vernon's responding well, he should be available for selection come Perth."

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