South African scare: Kallis undergoes X-ray on big toe

Published: Tuesday, February 4, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Cape Town: South African star batsman Jacques Kallis on Monday went to have a bruised toe X-rayed, less than a week before the hosts' World Cup opener against the West Indies, the squad's physiotherapist said. "His toe is heavily bruised and there is a lot of swelling," said Shane Jabaar at training in Bellville outside Cape Town. Jabaar said the x-ray showed no break, but that Kallis might have to sit out a warm- up match on Tuesday against a local squad in the scenic mountain town of Paarl. Kallis, also a talented pace bowler and a superb catcher at slip, drove the ball onto his left big toe during net practice on Sunday. "We'll see how it responds to treatment, but at this stage it is far too early to say whether he'll play or not tomorrow (Tuesday)," Jabaar told the SAPA news agency. Although Kallis too was certain to be fit for the opening game, the timing of the injury is particularly poor. Kallis, who has moved down the order from his normal number three position to fourth, is just one of five specialist batsmen selected for the World Cup. Six days before South Africa's opener match against the West Indies at Newlands in Cape Town Sunday, Kallis' injury was not the only concern. Two of the remaining four specialist batsmen - Herschelle Gibbs and Jonty Rhodes - have shoulder injuries but both are expected to be passed fit. Gibbs bruised his deltoid muscle while attempting a hook and Rhodes merely overdid the throwing routine following a lengthy break from cricket. Kallis pushed his Test batting average above 50 during his recent run of successes and his One-day average is a healthy 44.04. He has eight centuries and 42 fifties in 162 innings. He has also taken 164 wickets at an average of 29.73.

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