Domingo not ready to give up on Kallis

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South Africa coach Russell Domingo has full faith that veteran all-rounder Jacques Kallis will come good with the bat in the third ODI against Sri Lanka on Saturday, after two failures in the series.

South Africa coach Russell Domingo has full faith that veteran all-rounder Jacques Kallis will come good with the bat in the third ODI against Sri Lanka on Saturday, after two failures in the series.

Kallis, at the age of 39, is aiming to play in the World Cup next year and has thus been included in the side for this series, but his duck and single in the first two matches have caused people to question the wisdom of this.

While Kallis has retired from Test cricket, Domingo is certain the batsman will be able to come good with the bat soon, even though a back injury is keeping him from fulfilling his all-rounder duties with the ball.

Domingo said ahead of the third game: "Jacques is a quality player. All players go through periods where they don't get runs, and he has gone through two games now.

"But there is no question of his pedigree or his quality. For us it's a matter of time before he makes an impact with the bat.

"Jacques is good enough to play as a specialist batter, but we need him to bowl for us as well. He has a few niggles in his back at the moment, so we won't risk him bowling now, because that will affect his batting.

"Right now, I don't think Jacques not bowling affects the balance of the team. We know what we will get from a guy like Jacques.

"It (Kallis's injury) also gives a guy like Ryan McLaren a great opportunity to cement his place in the World Cup squad, with the kind of performances that he has been putting up in the last few games.

"We also know what the next line of players can do, and they will be given chances to play in the next 20-25 ODI matches."

The ODI series is level at one all going into the last game at Hambantota, and this will be followed by a two-Test series.

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