Kallis laments poor execution

2011-11-17 20:31

Johannesburg - Jacques Kallis said poor execution was the cause of the Proteas’ collapse after their strong position at tea on the first-day of the second Test against Australia at the Wanderers on Thursday.

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“We had far too many soft dismissals after we were dominating the game,” said Kallis after the Proteas were bowled out for 266.

“It was just poor execution and something we need to address.”

A fifth-wicket partnership of 122 between AB de Villiers and Ashwell Prince saw South Africa sitting comfortably at 241 for four before the rot set in.

They then lost six wickets for 25 runs and the match swung back into Australia’s favour.

Leg-spin bowler Nathan Lyon started the implosion when he induced Prince to gift a catch to Mitchell Johnson at mid-off, but not before the stylish middle order batsman had scored his 11th half-century.

De Villiers (64) fell six balls later to a brilliant, diving catch by Pat Cummins, after a loose pull-shot off a Peter Siddle delivery.

Lyons then made a lot of ground for his catch to dismiss Mark Boucher (3), who was never in control of his hook shot off Siddle's bowling.

The tail went cheaply and the Proteas were all out just before bad light became an issue.

Earlier in the day, Jacques Kallis became only the fourth batsman to score 12 000 Test runs before his dismissal in the fourth over after lunch.

He had played a superb innings to reach his half-century off 37-balls, hitting seven fours and two sixes.

After achieving his milestone in Test runs, Kallis (54) flicked the next ball off his pads to Usman Khawaja at midwicket giving Siddle his first wicket of the day.

Shortly afterwards, Hashim Amla (19) was on his way back to the pavilion, giving youngster Pat Cummins his well-deserved first wicket in Test cricket.

The 18-year-old debutant found the outside edge of Amla's bat and Ricky Ponting took a head-height catch at second slip.

Australia were a bowler short after Shane Watson suffered a hamstring injury in the morning session but not before seeing to the soft dismissal of Jacques Rudolph (30).

After he had played some magnificent shots, the ball shaved the edge of Rudolph's bat into the gloves of Brad Haddin.

After winning the toss, and electing to bat, Proteas' captain Graeme Smith (11) was the first man out edging Mitchell Johnson to second-slip.

Johnson got the ball to swing away from the left-hander and Smith pushed it to Michael Clarke for a simple catch.

Kallis said there was enough in the wicket to give their bowlers some encouragement with the new ball against Australia on Friday.

“There’s a little bit in that wicket and it’s a little bit two-paced,” he said.

“The odd ball seems to stick a bit so we’ve got to get the ball in the right areas and we’ve got to be patient.”


  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2011-11-17 20:44

    Oh well, it's up to our bowlers to skittle them for under 200 now. Game on!

  • Doug - 2011-11-17 20:48

    Its because you Prima Donna's are too busy trying to earn big pay cheques playing IPL, forget about baseball and focus on cricket

  • Gareth - 2011-11-17 21:00

    Kallis is perhaps the best all-rounder ever to have played the game and perhaps the most underrated aswell.Amazing how Kallis has increased his strike rate in the last few years scoring at will without having to sacrifice quality.Feasting on any half-volleys,driving length balls with precision through cover and extra cover.Vintage stroke play from a high quality player.Keep it going Kallis.

      Alan - 2011-11-17 22:05

      I agree Tony. And his cover drives and square drives off the back foot are the best in world cricket.

  • Freddie Smit - 2011-11-17 23:46

    And why is Boucher still there?

  • Johan - 2011-11-18 00:02

    Sorry guys, not good enough. If you have the Aussies on the back foot as we had them, you are not supposed to let them regain the advantage with such rash shots. It was our senior batsmen who were irresponsible and that is inexcusable.

      Vicky - 2011-11-18 08:39

      Totally agree, come on guys stop whining and do your job. You are a professional in name and salary, man up. Imagine is we all made constant excuses why we're not doing our job well. I'd hate my brain surgeon to "make rash shots" while he's operating on me as an eg.

  • Roy - 2011-11-18 05:51

    Here we get back to the old saying,"chokers" Why do our "top" batsmen always "lament their poor execution" knowing they are playing the wrong shots and then when out wonder why they played like that. Wake up! this is why you are the "top"batsmen and you should know that it is the wrong stroke to play.

  • Andre - 2011-11-18 07:20

    This is exactly why they don't shed the chokers tag!!! We were stable but then totally choked IMO. We should've atleast got 400 on this pitch. Well lets see what our bowlers can do but i have this feeling Aus will get 450+.

  • Hedzer - 2011-11-18 09:10

    Boucher's time is up now. Daryn Smit from Natal is the man to replace him and nobody else. Good keeper and a under rated batsmen. What's happening in the 5-day at moment is the following---T20 , IPL and normal one-day games is the big problem. They want to play every ball these day's to get runs and can't work on a innings by leaving certain balls.

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