Jacques Kallis confirms return to one-day internationals
South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis is ready to make his comeback to the one-day international team.
Last Updated: 20/08/13 3:14pm
Kallis, whose last ODI match was back in February 2012, wants one last shot at winning the 50-over World Cup.
He will not play in the series against Pakistan in October, but is expected to return against India at the end of the year.
Kallis has been focused on Test cricket and on playing in the lucrative Indian Premier League.
But he has met with national team coach Russell Domingo and Cricket South Africa (CSA) officials and has confirmed he will be up for selection for the 2015 World Cup in Australasia.
"Playing for my country has always been both a huge honour and a privilege," Kallis said.
"It remains my aspiration to be available for the 2015 World Cup but, at the same time I know as an all-rounder approaching my 38th birthday, I will need to assess my future in the game season by season.
"At the moment I am feeling mentally and physically refreshed and I am looking forward to carrying on playing for my country as long as possible," said Kallis.
Domingo said: "We are scheduled to play 30 ODIs between now and the start of the World Cup and we cannot expect Jacques to play every match. If we were to do that we would limit his longevity and we don't want that.
"The plan is to bring him back into the ODI squad for the home series against India in November. At the moment we have a youthful ODI batting line-up and Jacques brings a maturity that will be invaluable in developing the new generation."
Kallis has played in five World Cup tournaments, the first in 1996, all of which have finished in disappointment for South Africa.