South African Veteran Batsman, Jacques Kallis will be in a close fitness watch under medical team who will have to determine whether he requires more technical treatment for his back troubles ahead of the upcoming ODI series against Sri Lanka.

Kallis opted out from the practice match on Thursday as a precautionary act after he felt dis comfortable during the practice sessions but South Africa’s team management is still hopeful on his availability for the first match to be played on Sunday.

The physio worked on him today, we are going to monitor him overnight and if he does not respond to therapy, we plan to get a scan done tomorrow,” Mohammed Moosajee, South Africa’s team manager also the medical doctor, said.

Jakes is the ultimate professional when it comes to preparation. He had a good net session yesterday with bat and ball but from time to time his back does seize up so we’ve got to monitor it and see how he responds. By tomorrow we will have a better understanding of where he is.

Kallis was the only player among the South Africa’s 15-man squad who didn’t feature in the practice match played in Moratuwa against Sri Lankan President XI, despite of some plans for him to play. He was expected to take his favourite No. 3 spot in the batting line-up, where he is will be fixed till the next year’s World Cup. Kallis will also be having a small bowling role even his back condition could prove tough on his role with the ball. Moosajee could not confirm whether Kallis would be picked as an all-rounder or batsman only.

South Africa could be sweating for seeking over the availability of Kallis as they can feel easy over the form of most of the other players in team. In warmup, their frontline pacers picked up wickets on a “lively” wicket, with all the major batsman – Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers and JP Duminy were among the runs scoring upto 40 runs.

South Africa will need to have three more training sessions before the play in the first match of the series, which will be taking place at Colombo on Sunday.


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