England have appointed South African great Jacques Kallis as batting consultant for their two-Test series in Sri Lanka starting January 14.
The 45-year-old Kallis has flown in from South Africa to join England
Kallis scored 13,289 runs at an average of over 55 in 166 Tests and took 292 wickets with his pace bowling during his 19-year-old international career.
Only India’s Sachin Tendulkar and former Australia captain Ricky Ponting have scored more runs than the former Proteas all-rounder in the five-day format.
England’s Jonny Bairstow said the addition of Kallis as batting consultant is a “fantastic addition” to their squad during the Sri Lanka tour.
“I think it is a fantastic addition, someone of Jacques’ calibre,” Bairstow told reporters in a virtual chat from his hotel room in Hambantota.
“The things he has done within the game, in my eyes he is the best all-rounder that there has ever been. Someone that batted at the top of the order, caught absolute flies at slip and got so many wickets as well.”
The England team, led by Joe Root, underwent their second training session in Hambantota after an early setback when all-rounder Moeen Ali tested positive for Covid 19.