Kallis - We deserve more
South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis admits he has been left to rue missed opportunities ahead of the final Test against England.
By Joe Drabble
Last Updated: 12/01/10 5:03pm
South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis admits he has been left to rue missed opportunities ahead of the final Test against England in Johannesburg.
The Proteas are preparing for the fourth and final Test at The Wanderers trailing 1-0 having lost in Durban and failed to force victory in Centurion and Cape Town.
England were left to rely on tail-end resilience from number 11 Graham Onions in both drawn Tests, and the tourists now stand on the verge of back-to-back series victories on South African soil.
But Kallis, who has been the home side's star player in the series so far, admits he is baffled as to how he and his team-mates are not at least level heading into the final match.
"We have discussed it because the feeling could be that we have dominated the series but somehow haven't managed to get a win," he said.
"We are still behind and we could feel hard done by. But we have to look to the future, it's useless feeling that way, we need to move on and control what we do going forward.
"England have never given up and they've managed to get out of tough situations, they've shown fight and character.
"We were in England's situation in Durban and crumbled - so as much as we can say we've been unlucky, we have been in the same situation and failed. We've only got ourselves to blame."
Kallis also reserved special praise for England all-rounder Paul Collingwood following his battling innings at Centurion and Cape Town.
The Durham man batted for almost five hours to help force a draw in the third Test at Newlands - a display Kallis admits was more for the purist rather than the spectator.
He added: "Collingwood has been their rock, they've been able to bat around him. He sums up the situation - his experience helps there - and plays accordingly.
"He might not be the prettiest batsman but you'd rather take a guy who gets ugly runs and gets the job done than someone who looks good but doesn't perform regularly."