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Kallis savours 45th Test ton

2013-12-30 09:22
Jacques Kallis (Gallo Images)
Durban - Proteas all-rounder, Jacques Kallis, says scoring a century in his last Test for South Africa is a performance he will cherish after his 18-year Test career comes to an end.

Kallis's innings was the perfect script of what is shaping into a fairytale ending, and paved the way for a big first-innings total for the Proteas in the second Test in Durban.

"It is a special feeling," he said.

"It's strange walking out to bat knowing that there is no tomorrow and it will be your last opportunity to get a 100 for your country.

"It's a different kind of pressure, being in the nineties for the last time was different to normally being in the nineties. At least I could fall back on my experience and managed to get the three figures."

Kallis spoke of the difficulty and application needed during his innings, which was well paced under the testing circumstances.

"In the situation that we were in it was important to consolidate a bit and make sure we got back on track after losing a few wickets," he said. " We basically tried to pace the innings and to keep the scoreboard ticking. It was quite difficult to score because the wicket is quite slow, they put up defensive fields and bowled quite defensively.

"As we got closer to their total we could afford to be more positive. I thought the guys really paced the innings well."

 

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