South Africa veteran Jacques Kallis targets 2015 World Cup

Jacques Kallis has played in five World Cup tournaments for South Africa Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Durban: Jan 9, 2012

South Africa s veteran all-rounder Jacques Kallis has expressed his wish to play for his country at least till the next World Cup, which will be held in Australia and New Zealand in 2015.

“I doubt that I’ll be able to play for 10 more years because nobody has the right to play for South Africa. It’s a privilege that has to be earned,” Kallis told the Rapport newspaper.

The 36-year-old cricketer said it is his dream to win the coveted trophy for his country. “My big dream, however, remains to win a World Cup for my country but only time will tell whether I’ll ever get that chance again.”

“For now I’m just taking it game by game, month by month, year by year. If I manage myself and my workload and the body plays its part, it might just happen,” said Kallis.

Kallis has played in five World Cup tournaments for South Africa, which has never won a knockout game since their first effort at the 1992 event in Australasia, wherein they lost to England in a controversial rain-affected semi-final.

Kallis first World Cup tournament was 1996, where they were knocked out in the quarter-finals by West Indies and in 1999 they were eliminated in the semi-final after a dramatic tie against Australia.

South Africa failed to reach knockout stages in 2003 at home and in 2007, they again lost to Australia in semi-finals.

In the 2011 edition, South Africa were beaten by New Zealand.