By CricketCountry Staff
Johannesburg: Feb 11, 2012
Jacques Kallis returns to New Zealand as part of South African team which has a chance to go to the top of the Test rankings before playing current world No,1 England in mid 2012 but the seasoned all-rounder is aware of the fact addressing the chocking habit of the Proteas is the first priority.
South Africa choked during the World Cup when they lost six wickets for 38 in 13.3 overs after cruising at 108 for two in the 25th chasing 222 to win against New Zealand.
"We've played some good Test cricket of late. Confidence is up but we haven't always put the nail in as much as we would like. In one-dayers, the World Cup quarter-final was an example of needing to improve. We felt in control most of that game but didn't seize our chance," Kallis was quoted saying in New Zealand Herald.
"I still love what I do and want a test series victory but I know New Zealand can be tough work. We've got to embrace touring the country because it's always struck me as a sports-crazy place. This tour is a benchmark in a tough year before we go up against England,” Kallis said.
A highlight for Kallis in recent months has been the replenishment of South Africa's bowling stocks. They have rarely been weak in the last generation but Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel have merged well with Kallis the all-rounder.
"The bowling has become our strength of late.
"I don't have to do as much and can concentrate on my batting. We're bowling in partnerships, complementing each other by taking vital wickets at vital times and generating plenty of pace and bounce.
“Take the Newlands test against Australia. That was a crazy game but it was fantastic to come back and show what our bowling can do [bowling Australia out in their second innings for 47]."