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Kallis and Pollock given tour break

Jacques Kallis and Shaun Pollock will both be given a short leave of absence from South Africa's tour of England, on compassionate grounds, it was announced on Thursday.
PTI | By Agence France-Presse, Southhampton
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2003 04:44 PM IST

Jacques Kallis and Shaun Pollock will both be given a short leave of absence from South Africa's tour of England, on compassionate grounds, it was announced here Thursday.

All-rounder Kallis's father is gravely ill with cancer while former captain Pollock's wife Tricia is pregnant and so cannot travel to England.

South Africa play Zimbabwe here in a triangular series one-day international match, having already qualified for Saturday's final against England at Lord's.

After the final, Pollock and Kallis will be allowed to return home and are expected back by July 18.

That means they will miss South Africa's first warm-up match, for their five Test series with England, against Somerset at Taunton commencing on July 15.

But they will be back in time for the second warm-up game, against India A at Arundel starting on July 19.

The first Test begins at Edgbaston on July 24.

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