Thursday 28 August 2008 

Kallis To Captain South Africa In Smith's Absence

Jacques Kallis will captain South Africa in the third One Day International against England at The Brit Oval after Graeme Smith was ruled out with an elbow injury.

Coach Mickey Arthur confirmed that Kallis, who resigned the vice-captaincy when he was not selected for the Twenty20 World Cup last year, will take over the side, which trails the five-match series 2-0 with matches to come at The Brit Oval, Lord's, and Cardiff.

England beat South Africa by 20 runs at Headingley and by ten wickets at Trent Bridge after bowling the Proteas out for 83, their second-lowest score in One Day International cricket.

"Graeme, from the last test match and the start of the one dayers, has been pretty much playing on borrowed time with his elbow unfortunately," Arthur told Sky Sports News.

"He tried to battle it out as much as he could but after Trent Bridge we just realised he couldn't go any more," he added.

"We are going to rest and rehab Graeme and get him ready for the start of our home series which is Bangladesh in November and then Australia. Graeme needs the time off now."

Kallis said he was looking forward to the captaincy. "It is something I enjoy although it is not always easy when coupled with the dual responsibility of being an all-rounder. I have done it before at both ODI and Test match level and will be up for the challenge.

"We have come back previously from being 2-0 down in a series (against Pakistan) and going on to win 3-2 and that is what we will be aiming to achieve again."

Kallis has captained South Africa six times in One Day Internationals, winning five times (thrice against Zimbabwe, once each against Ireland and India) and losing twice to India. His one Test in charge against Australia saw him preside over a

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