Kallis will be in squad for Sri Lanka ODIs

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Convener of selectors Andrew Hudson has guaranteed all-rounder Jacques Kallis a berth in South Africa's ODI squad for July's series against Sri Lanka.

Convener of selectors Andrew Hudson has guaranteed all-rounder Jacques Kallis a berth in South Africa's ODI squad for July's series against Sri Lanka.

Kallis retired from Test cricket last year in an ambitious bid to prolong a limited-overs career eager to reach the 2015 World Cup.

"Look, from a selector's perspective, Kallis isn't a certainty. We'd love to first see him perform and, then, come to the party," Hudson told the India-based <i>Telegraph</i>.

"We've got around 25 ODIs between now and the World Cup, so there will be opportunities. Kallis will be there, in Sri Lanka. After Sri Lanka, we'll be travelling to Zimbabwe."

The veteran's participation in next year's ODI showpiece in Australia and New Zealand, where the Proteas have been pooled with Zimbabwe, West Indies, India, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Ireland, though, remained in the balance this week.

"Kallis is no ordinary cricketer and, whatever the format, he brings balance to the team. A batting all-rounder is rather unusual in today's game," added Hudson.

"He is in our scheme of things, but he'll have to prove that he's still good enough and that he actually wants to play at the international level."

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