DURBAN - Retiring Test all-rounder Jacques Kallis was not included in South Africa's preliminary 30-man squad for the International Cricket Council World Twenty20 tournament to be played in Bangladesh in March and April next year.
Kallis announced on Wednesday that he would retire from Test cricket at the end of the current Test against India but said he was available to play for South Africa in limited overs cricket. In particular he stated his ambition to be part of his country's 50-overs World Cup campaign in Australia and New Zealand in 2015. Andrew Hudson, the convener of selectors, was not immediately available for comment but a Cricket South Africa spokesman said there was nothing to be read into Kallis' non-selection for the squad announced on Friday.
"Jacques has not been part of the Twenty20 squad for some time and he has made it clear he wants to earn selection for the 50-overs World Cup." Kallis, 38, has not played for South Africa in a Twenty20 international since the 2012 World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, where he scored only 24 runs in three innings, although he took seven wickets in five matches, including four for 15 against Zimbabwe.
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