South Africa ponder Kallis back-up

Published: 28 November, 2012 09:16 IST | PA Sport |

South Africa captain Graeme Smith concedes his side may need to call upon a replacement if Jacques Kallis does not recover in time for the final Test against Australia in Perth this week

Kallis injured his hamstring while bowling on the first day of the drawn second Test at Adelaide Oval.Scans later revealed the all-rounder had strained his hamstring and could not bowl, although the veteran was able to bat through the pain to notch his 56th Test half-century in South Africa’s first innings.

The 37-year-old added 46 on the final day in the tourists’ second dig and combined for a stout 99-run stand with Faf du Plessis (110 not out) to drag South Africa to a memorable draw. However, Kallis still remains a doubt for the third Test at the WACA according to Smith. “The nature of the way this tour’s gone for us, I think we may need a replacement with the build-up,” Smith said.

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