Kallis should play Perth Test even if not fully fit: Ray Jennings

Johannesburg: Former South Africa coach Ray Jennings has said veteran all rounder Jacques Kallis should certainly play in the final Test match against Australia in Perth even if he is not fully fit.

Kallis picked up a hamstring injury in the second Test in Adelaide, which meant he was unable to bowl.

However, the all rounder still came out to bat and made valuable contributions in both innings. He scored 58 in the first innings and then batted for 149 minutes, scoring 46, to help his team stage a remarkable draw.

Question marks now hang over Kallis’ availability for the third and deciding Test, which starts in Perth on Friday.

However, Jennings, who coached South Africa from 2004-2005, believes Kallis should play even if he can’t bowl.

“I’ll pick him, even if he’s only 80% fit, because his name on the scoreboard already means a lot,” Sports24 quoted Jennings, as saying to a website.

“He is of immense importance to the team, especially if there are a few younger players,” he added.


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