England would certainly miss Pietersen: Kallis

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Published: Thursday, August 16, 2012, 12:15 [IST]
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England will miss Pietersen: Kallis

London, Aug 16: South African veteran Jacques Kallis feels that England would certainly miss Kevin Pietersen during the final Test against South Africa as the outcome would help the team to become the World's number one team in Tests.

Pietersen who played a magnificent role in the second Test as he notched up 149 to be named the man of the match at Leeds, has been at his prime especially this season.

Kallis who has been observing the right-handed batsman feels England would miss the batsman of his caliber as Pietersen has been a world-class player.

"He's a world-class player and he's proven that over many years - putting in big performances for England - so I'm sure he's going to be missed," said Kallis.

Kallis defended Pietersen and said the current scenario would change and the controversy would not put an end to his international career.

"I've no doubts they'll come to an agreement and something will be sorted out. These sorts of things are going to happen throughout his career," Kallis said.

"I don't think it'll affect him, I think he'll bounce back and I think he's still got a lot of cricket ahead of him. He's too good a player to stay out of the international scene," he added.

While Kallis feels England would be weakened by Pietersen's absence, Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan felt the hosts' strength has not been compromised by his absence as Bresnan also said that England could be stronger without Pietersen.


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