Cricket South Africa appoints Jacques Kallis as batting consultant
In good news for South Africa and its supporters, batting great Jacques Kallis was named as team’s batting consultant. Kallis is all set to begin the second chapter of his life with South Africa as the host nation is strengthening their coaching staff ahead of the opening Test against England which is starting at Centurion on December 26.
The 44-year-old Kallis is South Africa’s most-capped Test cricketer and has been an integral part of South African cricket history. The legendary all-rounder has played in 165 Tests for the national team as well as one for a World XI.
Cricket South Africa confirmed in a statement that Jacques Kallis would join the team for their pre-Test camp starting in Pretoria on today. He will also remain part of the team set-up for the rest of the South African season. CSA had later added that Charl Langeveldt had been recruited as a bowling consultant for the season.
Kallis, who called it quits from international cricket in the year 2013, is third on the list of all-time Test run-scorers with as many as 13,289 runs at an outstanding average of 55.37.
The former Proteas’ all-rounder joins a coaching staff led by newly-appointed head coach Mark Boucher, who is South Africa’s second most-capped Test player. Boucher has played 146 times for South Africa and also for a World XI.
Jacques Kallis also expressed his delight after being roped in by South Africa as batting consultant. He took to his official Twitter handle to share his feelings. “Feels good to be back in a @OfficialCSA dressing room. How time flies. Feels like yesterday i was playing but now looking forward to assisting @markb46 in getting Proteas back to where they belong,” Kallis tweeted.
— Jacques Kallis (@jacqueskallis75) December 18, 2019