Kallis may not to bowl in opener, to undergo fitness test

Published: Thursday, February 6, 2003, 1:58 [IST]
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Cape Town: South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis will undergo another fitness test on Thursday to determine whether his injured toe would allow him to bowl in the opening World Cup match, coach Eric Simons said on Wednesday. Simons said he might only be selected as batsman in the first Cricket World Cup match against West Indies at Newlands on Sunday, meaning South Africa's bowling attack might have to be reshuffled.

Kallis is suffering from a badly bruised toe that has prevented him from bowling since on Sunday. Although the 27-year-old Capetonian is confident he would be able to bowl against the West Indies, team physiotherapist Shane Jabaar said he would be given a fitness test on Thursday morning, the local news agency SAPA reported. "The bruising is fading slowly but the toe has improved by about 60 percent. We'll assess it tomorrow morning and I'll probably give Jacques a mini fitness test before the match," Jabaar said.

South Africa is scheduled to play its third warm-up match against Western Province on Thursday. "At the moment Sunday is the important one. Everything we are doing is geared towards getting Jacques fit enough to bowl against the West Indies," Jabaar said. "As for Thursday's game, I would rather rest him from bowling and give the bruising more chance to heal."

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