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Jacques Kallis, the South African all-rounder, has been left out of the nation’s ODI squad in order to rest him prior to the World Twenty20. The 36-year-old veteran won’t be playing in the 5-mach ODI series against England scheduled for the next two months, said Cricket South Africa. With an average 45.26 in 321 ODIs, Kallis is the best bet for South Africa, which justifies their decision to give the pro some break before the World event that starts on September 18.
Dean Elgar, an all-rounder debutant, has been called to fill the spot. Having played 71 First-Class along with 85 List A’s and securing a near 40 average in both leagues, the 25-year-old has a promising future. “Dean has been in our plans for some time and might well have made his debut last year but for injury,” said Andrew Hudson, CSA’s selection convener. Also recalled to the squad are leg-spinner Imran Tahir and all-rounder Ryan McLaren.
It was a sight of horror for England as the Proteas slaughtered the host team with their special weapon. Yes, we are talking about Dale Steyn, who, after this performance, can undoubtedly be called the finest pacer in the world.
The 29-year-old toppled the English offence unhooking 5 for 56 that included Ian Bell, the top scorer with 55 runs in 220 balls. Imran Tahir also contributed by taking the last wicket and sending Jimmy Anderson back to the pavilion. Matt Prior was the second best scorer for England with 40 runs in 86 deliveries.
England had a slow start with an insufficient score of 385 in the first innings, of which 115 were scored by Alastair Cook alone. South Africa answered with a mammoth 637, tilting the match to their side. Hashim Amla astonished with a triple hundred while Jacques Kallis contributed with his 182. Graeme Smith also scored a ton in his 100th Test. England took onto the field with a 252 trail, but were crushed at just 240 losing by one innings and 12 runs
The England team are known for its ability to capitalize at the crease, making it one of the batting super-power in Test cricket; but the recent years have seen them struggling on the field for a decent score. Also the lack in scoring was highlighted by the poor bowling. Anderson bowled well but was uncomfortable with the new ball which didn’t show any signs of movement. Tim Bresnan couldn’t display his reverse magic either. The only hope for England, Stuart Broad, proved to be the biggest disappointment looking unprepared for the competition.
It was a big moment for the Proteas as they put an end to both, their 13-match losing streak at the Oval and England’s domination at home. Hashim Amla, with 311 not out, was awarded the ‘Man of the Match’. The second test is scheduled for 2nd August at Headingley, Leeds.