Proteas can hit back - Kallis

2011-11-18 07:30

Cape Town - Proteas batsman Jacques Kallis is optimistic that they can hit back after a disappointing display on the first day of the second Test against Australia at the Wanderers.

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The South Africans were cruising at 241 for four before losing their last six wickets for 25 runs to be bundled out for 266.

"Our goal was 350 runs and despite the pitch not always being easy to bat on, we should have done better.

"The coach (Gary Kirsten) made it clear to us that it wasn't good enough," Kallis told the Beeld newspaper.

Kallis scored a quick-fire 54 from just 41 balls to reach the milestone of becoming only the fourth batsman to score 12 000 Test runs. Only Sachin Tendulkar (15 048), Rahul Dravid (12 860) and Ricky Ponting (12 495) have amassed more runs.

And the veteran all-rounder is optimistic that the bowlers can turn the match back in South Africa's favour.

"Here at the Corlett-drive end it was at times tough to bat on because the the odd ball seemed to stick a bit and didn't come through well. At the golf course end it was more true and you could play with more assurance.

"If we put the ball in the right areas and remain patient, we can still get back into this Test.

"Our bowlers are keen to make right what the batsmen stuffed up," said Kallis.


  • Andre - 2011-11-18 07:43

    "Our bowlers are keen to make right what the batsmen stuffed up," said Kallis. Im sorry Jacques but that should not be the case. So far the bowlers saved the batsmen arses for them!!! Once again the batsmen choked and did not perform although 3 fifties were scored.

      Deon - 2011-11-18 08:11

      Margie it seems as if Australia believes in a very attacking field with lots of catchers behind the batsmen, when you bowl badly and away from your field you can get punished. I too would have liked a more solid and slow Kallis that might have been still at the crease today.

      Peter - 2011-11-18 08:23

      I am glad Kallis was honest about it. They sure stuffed it up. The Ozzies must think we are real a$$holes, because I sure think so.

      Deon - 2011-11-18 10:12

      The batsmen seems to come to the party in many 2nd innings. Hope it happens again. Our winning score of ? 236 for 2 was a great score. Good batting in 4th innings and good bowling saved us.

  • Izak - 2011-11-18 07:51

    I should have put money on an SA defeat in the second test. Proteas have this knack to yield (dis-) gracefully after a big victory.

      Sargon - 2011-11-18 08:42

      I disagree , keep your money on a SA victory. Aus will be destroyed for under 200 today. That pitch is not great and momentum is with South Africa.

      Izak - 2011-11-18 12:31

      I'm still holding out for a miracle, but its looking less and less likely. That killer instinct is just not there.

      Bob - 2011-11-18 13:11

      Sargon, your comment looks a bit off the pace now, the Aussies are showing up the limited SA attack on a good batting track, they could go and post a 600 + score, they have a good batting lineup.

  • heinrich.beukes1 - 2011-11-18 07:56

    am not criticizing them again. They have to bat still and with the overhead conditions. Swing and seam movement will happen with the new ball.

  • Andre - 2011-11-18 08:02

    Hopefully the bowlers will save the Proteas once again.

      Ryno - 2011-11-18 08:25

      Its not about SAVING! If we were to go bat against a total of 400+ posted by Austalia would you have said now the batsmen needs to SAVE the proteas???? You chop its the bowlers JOB to go and bowl Australia for as cheap as possible.

      Andre - 2011-11-18 08:29

      @Ryno fair enough but then the batsmen also did not do their job coz its their job to score 400+.

  • Hannetjie - 2011-11-18 08:08

    I was very disappointed when the last 6 wickets fell so quickly. Jacques, Abe and Ashwell all batte4d well but were not supported by the rest of the team. Let's hope the bowlers can do their job well today!!!! Go Proteas!!!!

  • Dhirshan - 2011-11-18 08:19

    the key to this test is our 2nd innings-the series will be decided there no matter what . . .

  • Allan - 2011-11-18 08:29

    This was a worrying display. # half-centuaries? We needed at least one of them to convert the half- into a centuary. This is test cricket! I feel that t-20 cricket has killed the game. T-20 should only be played in the IPL for the entertaining spectacle.

  • Roy - 2011-11-18 08:30

    Let's see what happens and then we can see if the Proteas did "hit back" We always seem to be playing very well and then when things go slightly wrong we "choke" Our bowlers should not see how fast they can bowl but how accurate and our fielding should be set to work with the bowlers.

      Andre - 2011-11-18 08:34

      Agree 100%

      Igenatius - 2011-11-18 08:39

      Choked.. Like last week??? I'm almost as sick of the choking word as I am of the racist word.. pfftt!

  • Niela - 2011-11-18 08:49

    Morkel is the key for SA. The wicket have enough bounce for him to be a real danger for Oz batsmen. Dale and Philander would get swing in hot overcast conditions and will be testing Oz skill level, but if Morkel finds the right length they will be in trouble. Oz to be bowled out for less than 250.

  • Paolo - 2011-11-18 09:39

    Give it stick!

  • Sabiha - 2011-11-18 11:28

    what was the hurry to just throw away the wkts, sorry kallis but at the moment the aussues are batting carefully , not making silly mistakes so the bowlers will be frustrated they put in effort but nothing they can do much with a small total

  • HopeBrian - 2011-11-18 13:08

    It looks like Ponting is Jacques next target, ha ha. I just saw Jacques on the cover of The Cape Times and have you guys seen that new sticker on Jacques bat? Buchulife, I found their FB page: .Has anyone got more info on them? They seem to also sponsor pro surfer Jordy Smith, which is awesome.

  • Deon - 2011-11-18 13:25

    Oops, maybe the fight back will start only tomorrow?

  • Mark - 2011-11-18 13:25

    Yes I am sure they can slap each other around in the shower!!!

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