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Kallis is greatest, says Donald

By Kim Hagdorn
28 November 2012 02:52PM EST

CHAMPION all-rounder Jacques Kallis is the greatest ever South African cricketer, according to his former teammate and fast bowling ace Allan Donald.

And Donald expects the ace all-rounder to play in the crucial series-deciding Third Test against Australia despite a lingering hamstring injury that Kallis suffered bowling his fourth over on the opening morning of the Adelaide clash a week ago.

Donald, who is South Africa’s bowling specialist coach, revealed that Kallis has already been ruled out as a bowler for the Perth Test.

But Donald pulled no punches in declaring that the great Kallis should play as a specialist batsman even though the former speed ace said no decision had been made whether the 157-time Test gun would play.

“On one leg, I’d still have him in for this Test,” Donald said.

“He won’t bowl though.”

South Africa team management has called for experienced all-rounder Ryan McLaren to fly into Perth as a potential back-up for Kallis if the veteran star is forced to miss the deciding Test.

McLaren, 29, played one Test almost three years ago against England in Johannesburg.

A decision on Kallis looks likely to be delayed until close to the start of play on Friday.

Donald unreservedly declared the great all-rounder as his nation’s finest ever player.

Kallis has made an extraordinary 12,941 runs, including 44 centuries at an average of 57 as well as taking 260 wickets and snared 190 catches in his distinguished Test career.

Donald said other all-time great South Africans batting sensation Barry Richards and Graeme Pollock had not receive full recognition for their playing services, but Kallis stood alone as his nation’s all-time best.

“With the amount of work and fair share of work that he has done for South Africa, he is probably the best cricketer that we have ever produced,” Donald said.

Donald took 330 wickets from his 72 Tests and retired in 2002 after seven years in the same team as Kallis.

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