Cricket South Africa (CSA) have confirmed that all-rounder Jacques Kallis has been ruled out of the One-Day International series against England after scans revealed a fractured rib.
“He just wasn’t getting better from that side injury, so we had him scanned,” national coach Mickey Arthur said in a statement.
“We found that there is a fracture in the cartilage of the rib which clearly affects his performances for the next four weeks. That is very disappointing from our side.
“We are hoping that he should be ready for the first Test match. He will have an injection tomorrow that will speed recovery up
“The initial scan we had done in India when the injury became an issue during the Champions’ League did not show anything, so initially we treated the injury as a strain. We slowly started building up his bowling as it did not affect his batting.
“But his condition started getting worse and worse and we could not see any light at the end of the tunnel. We had him up to 80 percent last week in terms of his bowling and then two days ago he bowled one ball at 30 percent and it hurt. That started the alarm bells ringing and we sent him for an MRI this morning.
“It is disappointing but we have groomed Hashim Amla to open the batting. He has travelled with the one-day team for quite a period of time and that included playing the whole away series in Australia earlier this year when Graeme Smith was out injured. We are confident that Hashim will be an adequate replacement.”
Kallis had been promoted to open the batting in both ODI and Twenty20 cricket with Herschelle Gibbs losing his place and aside from Hashim Amla, other options to open the batting for the Proteas would include Alviro Petersen or Loots Bosman, who scored two half-centuries in the Twenty20 Internationals against England last week.
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