De Villiers will shepherd Kallis legacy

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Captain AB de Villiers has concede South Africa will be poorer without the services of the veteran Jacques Kallis, come next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Captain AB de Villiers has concede South Africa will be poorer without the services of the veteran Jacques Kallis, come next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Kallis, who retired from Test match cricket late last year, quit all forms of the international game on Wednesday. He will, however, fulfill a two-year contract with the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League.

"His value and statistics on the field speak volumes, but his presence in the changing room and willingness to teach the youngsters was immense," said de Villiers.

"He has played a big role personally for me since making my debut for South Africa in 2004, and is a huge loss for South African cricket.

"It's unfortunate that he won't be making the journey with us to the World Cup, but we will definitely carry his resilience and professionalism with us out on the field."

The Proteas have been pooled with Zimbabwe, India, West Indies, Ireland, Pakistan and United Arab Emirates for the limited-overs showpiece in Australasia.

Their opening fixture will be against the Zimbabweans at Seddon Park in Hamilton on 15 February.

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