Ahead of his side's three-match Test series in South Africa, Michael Clarke says that the recent retirement of Jacques Kallis is a huge loss for the home side.
Kallis played the last of his 166 Tests against India late last year and is the only player in the history of the game to have scored more than 11,000 runs and taken 250 wickets in ODI and Test cricket.
South Africa have called up all-rounders Ryan McLaren and Wayne Parnell to give them plenty of options ahead of naming their team for the opening match, at Centurion Park, on 12th February.
Clarke says that no team would be able to replace somebody of the quality of Kallis.
"He is obviously a magnificent player - no team would ever be able to replace such a great player," Clarke said.
"I think what it does do is present opportnunities for some other guys to come in and play for South Africa in the Test team. I am sure they will look forward to that."
Nevertheless, Clarke expects South Africa to pose his side a huge challenge and put a strong team out despite not being able to pick Kallis.
"I think the South African batting line up is extremely strong even without Jacques being in there but Jacques would be a big loss to any team," he added.
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