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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Jacques Kallis has committed
to playing ODIs for South
Africa on a more regular basis,
as he looks to stay in the team s
plans in the build-up to the
2015 World Cup in Australia
and New Zealand. The coach
Russell Domingo hopes to have
Kallis back for the home ODIs
against India later in the year,
but cautioned that his workload
will still be monitored, given
his recent history with injuries.
"Playing for my country has
always been both a huge honour
and a privilege," Kallis said after
meeting Domingo yesterday
"It remains my aspiration to
be available for the 2015 World
Cup but, at the same time I
know as an allrounder
approaching my 38th birthday,
I will need to assess my future
in the game season by season.
"At the moment I am feeling
mentally and physically
refreshed and I am looking for-
ward to carry on playing for my
country as long as possible."
Kallis, 37, hasn t played an
ODI since February 2012 and
Domingo s predecessor Gary
Kirsten had deemed it "no
longer necessary" for him to fig-
ure in bilateral series because he
was too important to South
Africa s Test ambitions.
Kirsten had left the door open
for Kallis to make a return in
major events but Domingo stated
that if the allrounder still had
hopes of playing the next World
Cup, he needed to play sufficient
"We will manage Jacques
career season by season and take
it game by game," Domingo said.
"There is no set number of ODIs
he will play before the World Cup,
but the closer to the tournament
we get, the more he will play.
"Forget about his runs and
wickets, to have someone of
he makes the World Cup squad
or not---will be very important
for the developing of younger
players. No-one is guaranteed a
place in the side and no-one is
guaranteed a place in the World
Cup squad. It all depends on
fitness and form.
"He looks very fit, he has been
doing a lot of running. It was
good to talk about his ambitions.
We will have another formal dis-
cussion at the end of the season
to plot the way forward."
Kallis has been injured in each
of the last five Test series South
Africa have played. His last
match for South Africa was the
Cape Town Test against Pakistan
in February. He missed the third
Test of that series due to injury
and the one-dayers that fol-
lowed. He took part in the IPL
but opted out of the Champions
Trophy despite initially indicat-
ing interest in playing.
In Kallis absence, Domingo
had begun the process of iden-
tifying batsmen for slots in the
top order, with JP Duminy, AB
de Villiers and Faf du Plessis
marked for Nos 3, 4 and 5,
respectively. However, Domingo
said this arrangement wasn t set
in stone and that Kallis would
be accommodated anywhere at
the top of the order.
"Jacques can bat at No 3 or
No 5 so this doesn t really change
our plans," Domingo said. "We
will try and find some balance.
There will still be a lot of oppor-
tunities for younger players."
Haroon Lorgat, Cricket South
Africa CEO, welcomed Kallis
decision to commit to the ODI
"Jacques is an extraordinary
player who appreciates the ODI
team-building process that is
currently under way," Lorgat
"His availability is welcomed
and CSA will do everything
possible to help him achieve
his personal ambitions while
building a new generation ODI
WELLINGTON---Ex-Test batsman Jesse Ryder
has been suspended for six months for failing
a doping Test, but will not miss any first-class
cricket because of the ban.
The New Zealand Sports Disputes tribunal
said in a statement yesterday that Ryder returned
a positive test for two banned stimulants after
a domestic Twenty20 match in March and was
provisionally suspended on April 19. The ban
was imposed at a hearing on August 9, and back-
dated to April 19.
The restrospective nature of the ban means
Ryder will be available from October 19 for the
start of next first-class season in New Zealand.
Ryder admitted the violation, telling the hearing
he used a dietary supplement to lose weight and
had taken two capsules five days before being tested
in the belief that it conformed with New Zealand
doping protocols, and arguing that the product
may have been contaminated or mislabelled.
Ryder said yesterday he used the weight-loss
product Gaspari Detonate as part of a wider fit-
ness programme and after consulting his trainer
and coach. "I m devastated by this situation,"
Ryder said in a statement released through the
New Zealand Cricket Players Association.
"I ve never taken drugs and to be in this sit-
uation distresses me greatly. I simply took the
supplement alongside a training programme I
was completing to help me lose weight."
Ryder said he had attended anti-doping sem-
inars throughout his cricket career and was a
supporter of Drug Free Sport New Zealand.
"I m aware of the precautions you need to
take; I did take steps to check the supplement
but ultimately it was my responsibility and I
accept that," he said. "Whilst everyone is aware
of my well-documented battles with alcohol, it s
important for me to state that I abhor drug use
of any kind, both recreational and performance-
enhancing in sport."
Doping violations carry a maximum penalty
of a two-year suspension. But a lesser ban can
be imposed if an athlete establishes how the
banned substance got into his system and can
prove the substance was not being used to
In one of the most famous cases in cricket,
Australian great Shane Warne was suspended
for a year after testing positive for a banned
diuretic in 2003 and blaming it on a diet pill his
mother had given him. (AP)
Kallis commits to more
ODIs for South Africa
Jacques Kallis feels mentally and physically refreshed and is
looking forward to carry on playing for South Africa as long as
for six months after
failing drug test
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