Jacques Kallis will make his long-awaited return to South Africa’s ODI squad after a near two-year absence with the all-rounder looking to book his place in the 2015 World Cup.
The veteran been named in South Africa's ODI squad for the series against Pakistan and India, ending his exile from the 50-over game that started in February 2012.
Kallis approached new Proteas head coach, Russell Domingo, during the South African winter break, making it clear he was fully focused on ensuring he is on that plane to Australia and New Zealand for the next World Cup.
Kallis has missed South Africa's last 29 ODIs, including last summer’s Champions Trophy in England for personal reasons and then the following limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka in August and the Pakistan series in the UAE.
During Kallis’ absence, all-rounder, Ryan McLaren, impressed cricket betting pundits and finally managed to establish himself as a regular in the Proteas ODI side.
The 30-year old has long been in Kallis’ shadow but did his case no harm by being named Man of the Series for his performances in the five-match series against Pakistan.
Even though Kallis has returned to the ODI scene, McLaren has done more than enough to prove he deserves to keep his place in the side and there is a strong argument to support the theory that there is room for both all-rounders in this South Africa team.
Kallis now looks set to add to his 321 ODI caps as he bids to play in a sixth World Cup. With an average of over 45 with the bat and just over 31 with the ball, the latest cricket betting odds suggest that Kallis’ return to the South African squad will be a huge boost to an already dominant side.
However, despite all the all-rounder has achieved in his career, Kallis is still yet to win a World Cup and that is clearly a huge motivation behind his decision to return and give it one last attempt.