England has included former South Africa Test all-rounder Jacques Kallis as a batting consultant for its two-Test tour of Sri Lanka that starts on January 14, officials confirmed on Monday.

Kallis, regarded as one of the leading all-rounders to play the game, is a surprise pick for a role that has been filled by Jonathan Trott and Marcus Trescothick in the last 12 months.

The 45-year-old scored 13,206 test runs at an average of 55.37 and had an excellent reputation for his proficiency in sub-continent conditions. He performed slightly above that in Asia with eight centuries at an average of 55.62.

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At this stage he has not been confirmed for subsequent tour of India in February.

Kallis worked as a batting consultant for South Africa in its 3-1 test series loss to England last year, but was not retained.

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