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Kallis hits out at reports on Graeme Smith's divorce

Jacques Kallis says people have only heard one side of the story regarding Smith’s divorce.

FILE: Former Proteas captain, Graeme Smith. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Former Proteas cricketer, Jacques Kallis has released a statement regarding the imminent divorce of his former captain, Graeme Smith and his wife Morgan, rubbishing claims made about Smith in the media that he has not been a supportive husband and father.

Ever since the announcement went public, there have been many reports on the reasons for Smith and Morgan parting ways, some of which Kallis says are untrue and incorrect.

"A few newspapers and magazines have published stories with specific situations between the two of them. These publications have given one side of the story and not the other. Many of the 'facts' in them are completely incorrect," the statement said.

He says Smith has done all he could to provide for his wife and their two kids at all costs and he still continues to do so despite the divorce.

"Graeme has always provided for Morgan and their children. While we were on tour, Morgan had a full time nanny on every occasion to help her. Today, she still has a full time nanny and housekeeper, and lives in a beautiful home in Cape Town, paid for by Graeme.

"Graeme has insisted that any reply in the media would be in bad taste and that the children would be the victims. It has been difficult for those of us who know Graeme well to stand by and watch as these articles are written."

Kallis says the accusations made against Smith in the media are outrageous, unfair and untrue.

He also refuted claims that Smith went to the Cricket World Cup in Australia to be with his friends as opposed to his wife and children, as reported by the media.

"Many of these false accusations have irritated him but the one that really makes me angry is that he is accused of going to the World Cup in Australia to be with his mates instead of being with his family. It is utter rubbish and seems deliberately designed to hurt.

"Graeme was pretty much forced into early retirement, so he has to find a way of earning an income now. He went there to work and earn an income so that he can continue to provide for his family. I know and see how much he misses his kids when he is away from them and know where he would rather be."