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Kallis has to decide on ODI future

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South Africa's national head coach Russell Domingo has stated that Jacques Kallis will have to decide on his one-day career 'soon', if he wishes to be part of the 2015 World Cup squad.

The star veteran, has not played an ODI Series for the Proteas in over 18 months, only featuring in the Champions Trophy.

This was after former coach Gary Kirsten deemed Kallis too important to feature in every bilateral series, and offered him the choice of hand-picking his tournaments. 

The former ICC Test Player and Player of 2005, has been the main stay of the South African line up, both with his batting and bowling. After fellow all-rounder Shaun Pollock, retired in 2008, Kallis was deemed the biggest asset of the SA team, and been given a lot of freedom to manage is workload.

Domingo told ESPNcricinfo: "If Jacques wants to play in the 2015 World Cup, he will have to play some ODI cricket for us along the way,".

"It will not be fair on other players if it doesn't happen that way."

Kirsten's reasoning was that Kallis' 17-year international career and his performance at the top level had earned him the right to pick and choose when he wanted to play, but it did not go very well for either party.

After he was recalled to the Twenty20 squad for three matches against England and the World T2, last September on the back of his form for IPL side Kolkata Knight Riders and because of his desire to win an ICC trophy, Kallis had a horrid run.

He scored just 24 runs in the tournament, although his bowling performance was better though, bagging seven wickets in five matches, including a career best 4-15 against Zimbabwe.

He was also slated to return for the Champions Trophy Squad in June 2013, but pulled out at the last moment, citing 'personal reasons'. This had thrown the SA campaign into disarray, as they were already without Graeme Smith, and were heavily relying on Kallis' abilities.

Domingo, obviously, does not want to be in the same position and wants a certain group of "about 15 to 18 players" who he will work with ahead of the 2015 World Cup and said he has a "pretty good" idea of who those are.

If Kallis wants to be part of that, he will have to begin playing regular one-day cricket soon and would have to revert within Domingo's timeframe.

Should Kallis not agree, Domingo does not seem too phased. "As a South African unit, we've got to be able to live without Jacques Kallis," he said. "We've had him around for so long but we've got to realise there will be a day when he will no longer be around." 

Kallis, has been injury marred of late, having various niggles through the last five Test series he has played. The former Wisden Cricketer of the Year, is expected to return to the Test squad against Pakistan in October.

 

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