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Jacques Kallis is out for the Champions Trophy

South Africa cricket star Jacques Kallis has announced that he will be missing the Champions Trophy this year due to ‘personal reasons’. Jacques Kallis has had a vital role in the South African cricket team, having played in it for nearly 20 years now making his debut appearance in a one-day international (ODI) in 1996. He has played in 321 ODIs, scoring 15,756 runs and getting 270 wickets. Squad selector Andrew Hudson has said that it is too early to speculate Kallis’ ODI career and whether it is coming to an end or not.

Jacques Kallis is not a stranger to ODI’s as the right-handed batsman is impressively the 5th highest scorer in ODI history. He was recently named among the Wisden’s cricketers of the year alongside great cricketers Nick Compton, Marlon Samuels and fellow South Africans Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn. Currently, Kallis is playing in the Indian Premier League and has hinted upon the fact that he wants to be included in the 2015 World Cup. Andrew Hudson said that Jacques Kallis’ experience would be missed in the Champions Trophy but “it does create an opportunity for David Miller, whose recent form has been most impressive.”

The 2013 Champions Trophy will be the last Champions Trophy tournament, as it makes way for a Test Championship which is to be debuted in 2017. The final Champions Trophy will be held in England with matches being played at the Oval, Cardiff and Edgbaston. The opening match is guaranteed to be a good one as South Africa take on India in Cardiff on 6th June.

The South Africa team for the ICC Champions Trophy: Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Colin Ingram, Rory Klleinveldt, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Robin Peterson, Aaron Phangiso, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

Author Daniel Foster.
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