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South Africa v England, 1st Test, Centurion

Kallis Likely to Play First Test Against England

13-Dec-2009 13:31:00 GMT


Centurion: Jacques Kallis appears to be winning his fitness battle to play some part in the first Test against England although he remains extremely doubtful to bowl at Centurion Park. Kallis had another lengthy net on the final day of South Africa's camp in Potchefstroom and will now travel with the squad back to Johannesburg.

It seems likely that Kallis will take his place as a specialist batsman on Wednesday with South Africa shaping up to have a four-man attack. Dale Steyn bowled at full tilt on Sunday and barring any late reaction to his hamstring problem is ready to be unleashed on England's batsmen.

"The position is that everyone is on track to be fit for the Test," said a South Africa team spokesman. "Kallis has had two lengthy nets, yesterday and today, and will continue to build up as we get nearer the time. Dale is bowling full out and everyone else is where they should be."

The spokesman confirmed that Kallis hadn't bowled during the training camp, but couldn't elaborate on the chances of him playing as a full allrounder next week. However, team sources have indicated to Cricinfo that this remains a distant prospect.

When Morkel was brought back for the one-day series he made life uncomfortable for a number of England batsmen, notably Andrew Strauss when he came round the wicket at the England captain.



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