Proteas banking on Kallis being fit against Australia

Updated: 04 April 2009 13:01 IST

South Africa is hoping Jacques Kallis has recovered from a groin strain to help try and level the one-day series against Australia in Sunday's second match

Proteas banking on Kallis being fit against Australia

Pretoria, South Africa:

South Africa is hoping allrounder Jacques Kallis has recovered from a groin strain to help try and level the one-day series against Australia in Sunday's second match.

The Proteas were thumped by 141 runs by Australia in Durban on Friday in the first of the five-match series, and captain Graeme Smith said the absence of Kallis was no excuse for a substandard performance.

"There are other good players in the side and they must do the job," Smith said. "But this defeat does not turn us into a bad side and I am confident that we will be able to bounce back on Sunday."

Kallis, who has been battling with a groin strain since the third test between the sides at Newlands in Cape Town last month, has scored 10,057 runs in 287 ODIs and taken 246 wickets. If Kallis is fit, either Makhaya Ntini or Morne Morkel is likely to make way after both bowlers conceded more than 60 runs.

South Africa, which won both Twenty20 games, is bidding to stay the No. 1 one-day team in the world after taking the title with a 4-1 series win in Australia earlier this year under stand-in captain Johan Botha because Smith was injured.

Smith said his team had given away too many runs in the last 10 overs at Kingsmead, even allowing for Australia holding back its power play until this stage of the innings.

Friday's result was Australia's highest ever winning margin against South Africa, beating its 103-run victory in Sydney in the 1993-94 season. The visitors are unlikely to make any changes to their team unless there are injuries.

The squads:

South Africa: Graeme Smith (captain), Hashim Amla, Herschelle Gibbs, A.B de Villiers, Jacques Kallis, J.P. Duminy, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Roelof van der Merwe, Mark Boucher, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Johan Botha, Dale Steyn, Makhaya Ntini, Wayne Parnell.

Australia: Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, Ricky Ponting (captain), Michael Hussey, David Hussey, Callum Ferguson, Marcus North, James Hopes, Cameron White, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Hauritz, Brett Geeves, Nathan Bracken, Ben Laughlin.



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