Kallis boost for Proteas
South Africa have confirmed Jacques Kallis is '100 percent' fit for the Edgbaston Test.
Last Updated: 28/07/08 4:57pm
South Africa batsman Jacques Kallis has been confirmed as '100 percent' fit for the Edgbaston Test.
Kallis took a knock to the ring finger of his left hand while fielding during the Proteas' drawn warm-up game against Bangladesh A on Saturday.
But he was given the all-clear following an X-ray and will take his usual place at number four in the batting line-up when the third Test gets under way on Wednesday.
"Jacques is 100 percent fine," confirmed a team spokesman on Monday.
"He has been in the nets today at Edgbaston and taken part in a full practice session."
Kallis' top-order colleague Neil McKenzie is confident South Africa can continue from where they left off in the second Test at Headingley.
The Proteas dominated in Leeds for a 10-wicket success with a day to spare and hold a 1-0 lead at the mid-point of the four-match series.
And the tourists can claim their first series success in England since re-admission to the international game in 1992 with victory at either Edgbaston (Jul 30-Aug 3) or the Oval (Aug 7-11).
"We approach it the same way whether we were one down or one up - we are here to win a Test match," McKenzie said on Sky Sports News.
"If you look at the implications, yes, a win would clinch the series but we are not looking at that way - we are just preparing to try and win a Test match.
"I wouldn't say we have the edge as we're only halfway through - there is no need to be making any big statements.
"We have the momentum, but it only takes one session for the momentum to swing."
McKenzie, who scored a century in the drawn series-opener at Lord's, enjoyed a stint in county cricket with Durham earlier in the season.
England have recalled his former team-mate in the north-east, Steve Harmison, to their 13-man third-Test squad.
"I know Harmy, he's a class performer and was world number one a couple of years ago," added McKenzie.
"It's good to see him back in a personal way.
"Any guy of that calibre and of that height is not a nice bowler to face - Morne Morkel does the same sort of job for us.
"They are both guys who can make life uncomfortable - we'll have to see how the wicket plays and bat accordingly."
South Africa are likely to make just one change to their line-up with Andre Nel coming in for pace spearhead Dale Steyn, who broke his thumb during the Headingley victory.
"I think it is a blow - Dale's taken the majority of our wickets over the last couple of months," admitted McKenzie.