Kallis only Looking Forward

July 18, 2012 at 11:13 am Leave a comment


South Africa all-rounder, Jacques Kallis, insists that he is not worried by his poor showing in England, last time out, and says history counts for nothing in the upcoming series.

The 36-year-old, who has played 152 Test matches, struggled on English soil in 2008, hitting only 104 runs in seven innings with just one score over 13.

To add to that, the Proteas have not tasted success on their last 10 Test visits to the Oval, the venue of the opening Test, which begins on Thursday. The side are also down in the betting stakes, following their recent lack of form in England.

“I’m not someone who worries too much about what happened in the last innings or on previous tours. You don’t get a head start if you’ve done well in a previous innings or previous tours,” said Kallis.

“It would be nice to have a good tour here, but if I have a bad tour and we win, I’ll take that.”

Kallis is expecting an excellent spectacle between the best two Test sides in the world, with the focus on the respective bowling attacks going into the series.

“They are two good attacks, certainly as good as any in world cricket at the moment. Both sides have got good batters as well. It’s going to be a fantastic series,” added Kallis.

South Africa head into the first Test without experienced wicketkeeper, Mark Boucher, who was forced to retire with a serious eye injury picked up in a tour match at Taunton.

Kallis feels the blow has galvanised the squad and given them an extra incentive to emerge victorious.

“He certainly said he wants the guys to go out and play cricket – that will please him the most – and not worry about him,” said the South Africa stalwart.

“We’ve got to play some good cricket for Graeme’s [Smith] 100th Test match and for Bouch.”

Fans of cricket thinking of betting on sports should pay a visit to the Bet365 website for the best odds around.

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