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England appoint Kallis as batting consultant for Sri Lanka tour

In a sensational development, South Africa batting great Jacques Kallis has been appointed as England’s batting consultant for Sri Lanka series. Kallis will be looking forward to offering substantial tips to English batsmen to counter Sri Lankan bowling attack.

The veteran has earlier coached Kolkata Knight Riders in the lucrative IPL and also worked with the South Africa team. However, he was not part of South Africa national team set-up for England’s recent tour.

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England will play two Tests in Sri Lanka before travelling to India for a full-fledged tour. The South African legend will work under head coach Chris Silverwood and alongside assistant coach Paul Collingwood, wicketkeeping consultant James Foster, fielding coach Carl Hopkinson, bowling coach Jon Lewis and Jeetan Patel who is a spin bowling consultant.

The two Test matches will be played in Galle, commencing on January 14 and 22 respectively.

Kallis – most-capped Test cricketer for South Africa

The 45-year-old veteran was South Africa’s most-capped Test cricketer. He has been one of the pillars of South African cricket history. He was arguably the best all-rounder during his heydays. The legendary all-rounder featured in 165 Tests for the Proteas as well as one for a World XI.

Kallis, who retired from international cricket in 2013, is third on the list of all-time Test run-scorers. He scored 13,289 runs at a magnificent average of 55.37. He hit 58 fifties and 45 centuries to his name.

The former all-rounder scored 11,579 runs in ODIs with a batting average of 44.4. He scored 17 centuries and 86 half-centuries. As far as his T20I career is concerned, he essayed 666 runs with an average of 35 where he scored as many as 5 fifties.

Talking about his bowling stats, he bagged 292 wickets in Test cricket, registering his personal best figures of 6/54. The former South Africa all-rounder picked up 273 wickets in ODIs, registering his best bowling figures of 5/30. He bagged 12 wickets in the shortest format of the game where his best figures read 4/15.

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