Calcutta: Jacques Kallis has been included in the South Africa squad for the ICC World Twenty20 in September in Sri Lanka. Kallis was last a regular member of the side in mid-2010, during South Africa’s tour of the West Indies.
He has played only one T20 International in two years: the game against India in March, organised in his honour.
AB de Villiers will lead the squad. Graeme Smith, who was picked in the 30 probables, has not made the final XV. Fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, who were rested for the triangular Twenty20 series against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in June, are back.
Marchant de Lange, the 21-year-old quick, has not made the squad due to injury. He had sustained a lower back injury during the Twenty20 triangular series, missing the ongoing Test series in England as a result.“We have had basically the same squad together for the past year and many of them also produced stand-out performances at the Indian Premier League,” Cricket South Africa’s selection convenor, Andrew Hudson, said in a release.
“(They) will have excellent preparation for the World Twenty20 by finishing the England tour with three (Twenty20) matches there. They may be playing on a different surface to that they will find in Sri Lanka, but they will be able to hone their Twenty20-specific skills.”
Kallis was part of the IPL-winning Kolkata Knight Riders this year, scoring 409 runs in 17 games. He provided the team with solidity at the top of the order all through their successful campaign.