Proteas without Kallis for Champions Trophy
The omission of Jacques Kallis and JP Duminy’s return to fitness were the main talking points.
CAPE TOWN - The omission of Jacques Kallis and JP Duminy's return to fitness were the main talking points after the Proteas named their 15-man squad to compete in the Champions Trophy.
Kallis asked not be considered for selection, while Duminy is fit after a six month layoff.
He ruptured his achilles tendon while on tour in Australia.
The Proteas will be led by AB de Villiers.
Coach Gary Kirsten told Eyewitness News Sport that losing Kallis will not dampen the Proteas' hopes.
"We've got used to not having Jacques around in the one-dayers. He hasn't played that much. He's a great player though; he's two players in one because he offers us a bowling option as well."
Kallis asked not to be made available for personal reasons and Kirsten and the Protea selectors have granted his request.
Duminy echoes the sentiment of his coach, but believes it will provide an opportunity for another player to stake a claim within the team.
The Protea left hander will not have any form going into the tournament following his layoff, but Kirsten believes it is a risk worth taking.
"It's difficult to say [how his from will be]. There isn't really another option, but he [Duminy] is such a key player for us that we're willing to take that risk."
The Protea all-rounder is confident he will be fit in time for the tournament.
"My plan was always to be fit for selection for Champions Trophy. I'm probably 95 percent fit and the best thing for me is that there's still another month before the tournament," Duminy said.
The ICC Champions Trophy kicks off in England and Wales on June 6.
South Africa will take on India in Cardiff.