Tuesday 14 August 2007 

Kallis Resigns As Vice-Captain Following Omission

South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis has resigned as vice-captain of his county following the decision by Cricket South Africa to leave him out of the Twenty20 World Cup squad.

He has also said he is considering his playing future after the disappointment of being omitted from the squad which will attempt to win the inaugural World Championships, which they are hosting from September 11th to 24th.

Speaking to reporters, Kallis said, "I have resigned as vice-captain and I'm considering my options with regard to the rest of my career.

"I have been thinking long and hard over the weekend and there is still a lot of emotion involved because I am extremely disappointed. I was very excited about the tournament and hoping to make a huge contribution."

Kallis, a veteran of 107 Tests and 261 one-day internationals, added, "I feel I have a lot of good cricket left and my best years might even be ahead of me.

"Ideally I would like to play many more years for my country but this weekend caused me to question my future for the first time."

Kallis, long regarded as one of the game's premier all-rounders, has scored over 17,000 international runs and taken over 400 wickets.

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