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Jacques Kallis commits to playing more ODIs

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Jacques Kallis has committed to playing more ODIs for South Africa, assuring National coach Russell Domingo of his dedication to the shorter format.

Domingo had said Kallis needs to play enough ODIs, if he wants to be a part of the squad for the 2015 World Cup.

The veteran all-rounder, has not played a bilateral Series for the Proteas since February 2012, featuring only in the World T20.

Playing for my country has always been both a huge honour and a privilege," Kallis told ESPNcricinfo after meeting Domingo on Tuesday morning.

"It remains my aspiration to be available for the 2015 World Cup but, at the same time I know as an all-rounder approaching my 38th birthday, I will need to assess my future in the game season by season."

"At the moment I am feeling mentally and physically refreshed and I am looking forward to carry on playing for my country as long as possible." he added.

Domingo wants Kallis back in the team for the ODIs against India later in the year, but will monitor the star player's workload, given his recent injury history. 

"We will manage Jacques' career season by season and take it game by game," Domingo said.

"There is no set number of ODIs he will play before the World Cup, but the closer to the tournament we get, the more he will play.

Kallis has failed to take part in the last five Test series South Africa have played with his last match for South Africa coming in Cape Town Test against Pakistan in February.

He missed the third Test of that series due to injury and the one-dayers that commenced.

He did however take part in the IPL but opted out of the Champions Trophy despite initially indicating interest in playing.

The coach further reinstated his faith in the veteran, by adding: 

"Forget about his runs and wickets, to have someone of Jacques' experience - whether he makes the World Cup squad or not - will be very important for the developing of younger players.

"No-one is guaranteed a place in the side and no-one is guaranteed a place in the World Cup squad. It all depends on fitness and form."

When asked about the batting order, with JP Duminy, AB de Villier, and Faf du Plessis, given the three, four, and five slot, and how does Kallis fit back; Domingo had this reply:

"Jacques can bat at number three or number four and maybe AB can bat at No. 5 so this doesn't really change our plans. We will try and find some balance. There will still be a lot of opportunities for younger players."

Haroon Lorgat, Cricket South Africa CEO, welcomed Kallis' decision to commit to the ODI squad.

"Jacques is an extraordinary player who appreciates the ODI team-building process that is currently under way," Lorgat said.

"His availability is welcomed and CSA will do everything possible to help him achieve his personal ambitions while building a new generation ODI team."

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