Kallis To Miss First Two ODIs With Rib Injury

Kallis To Miss First Two ODIs With Rib Injury
Kallis To Miss First Two ODIs With Rib Injury
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Leading all-rounder Jacques Kallis has been sidelined for two weeks following a rib injury he suffered while batting in the first innings during the ongoing the third Test against India. Consequently, he will be out of the contention for the first two ODIs slated to commence after the Test series.

Kallis, who scored 161 runs in the first innings, was injured after Shanthakumaran Sreesanth's delivery hit him on the chest at Newlands on the second day.

The South African batting mainstay battled through the pain barrier to stroke a century on Monday but he may have aggravated the injury as he is unlikely to play any further part in the third and final Test against India.

"Jacques took a blow to the side of the chest and has a contusion on the right rib with an accompanying muscle strain. He will definitely bat if needed to in the second innings but won't take the field when India bat," said team manager Mohammed Moosajee.

"The recovery time is about two weeks and he will probably miss the first two One-Day Internationals."

Kallis's fine innings gave South Africa an early advantage as he stitched vital partnerships with tail-enders worth 79 runs.

The three match  series is tied at 1-1 and heading towards a pulsating finish.

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