Club News

20 June 1999

Jacques Kallis has returned to South Africa for a scan on his stomach injury. The all-rounder was plagued by the injury towards the end of the World Cup, and his return home, at the request of the United Cricket Board of South Africa, will allow the Board`s medical experts to assess the extent of the damage to his stomach muscle.

"Jacques had an appendix problem eighteen months ago and there is a problem with the scar tissue", said Glamorgan coach Duncan Fletcher, who has been in close contact with the Springbok all-rounder over the past few days. "He hopes to be here within two weeks, but we will not know anything until Tuesday. We just have to keep our fingers crossed."

Glamorgan officials will be keeping in close contact with the South African Board, and if the news on Kallis is bad, they could sign a replacement, as Kallis has not yet been formally registered by the club.

As Glamorgan secretary Mike Fatkin explained, "If we had registered Jacques, and he was then ruled out for the season, we would have been tied as far as getting someone in from overseas was concerned."

As far as Jacques Kallis is concerned, the injury worries have come just at the time when he was planning to get back into action after the Springboks dramatic defeat against Australia in the World Cup semi-final. "I was really hoping to team up with Glamorgan for next week`s match against Hampshire. It`s just the challenge I need to get the semi-final agony out of my system. "

"While part of me envies my team-mates definately having three months off, they`ll still have to come to terms with what happened at Edgbaston. At least fingers crossed, I`ll have the opportunity of actually getting back to playing cricket again - and I`m really keen to score a fair weight of runs and take plenty of wickets for Glamorgan. "

"I`ve had a lot of hard cricket in the past two years and there is a case of recharging the batteries like my South African colleagues. But when you join a new team you automatically have a new challenge and want to do well, so that should be just the spur I need with Glamorgan. "

"I`ve had a problem with the stomach muscle for some time and aggravated it against Australia. I`ve got to be guided by the advice of our physio, but I`m desperately hoping for the all-clear because I`m really keen to play for Glamorgan. I don`t want to be hanging around around on the sidelines."

Keep watching these pages for news about Kallis` injury, and also the outcome of the ECB`s deliberations on who is going to be the next England coach. Glamorgan`s Duncan Fletcher has emerged in the media as the favourite to fill the post vacated by David Lloyd. If Fletcher does accept the England post, it seems that he would remain with Glamorgan until the end of the 1999 season. "Our understanding is that the new England coach will not start work until October 1st, " said Mike Fatkin. "It would be unrealistic to expect us to let our coach go in the middle of such an important season. It would cause disruption which no amount of money would be able to compensate."