Jacques Kallis will be wearing the blue of England for Thursday’s first Test against Sri Lanka because, he says, he cannot put on the green of his native South Africa due to colour.
The South African legend, 45, has thrown in his lot as England batting consultant after breaking up with the country he served with such distinction.
That, Kallis said on Wednesday, is down to South Africa’s transformation policy which stretches to coaches as well as players and saw his spell as batting consultant for his home country come to an abrupt end after last year’s Test series defeat by England.
Jacques Kallis claims he cannot put on the green of his native South Africa due to colour
‘I wasn’t allowed to be involved with South Africa any more because they said there would be no more white consultants,’ said Kallis ahead of the start of his initial two-Test stint with England in Galle.
‘So unfortunately that fell away and I took this opportunity with England with both hands.
‘I suppose it’s the way of our country. A lot of players have fallen away because of the need for players of colour to be involved. There are many coaches who have gone on to other teams. It’s sad I can’t help out South Africa but we understand where those rules come from.’