Monday 15 October 2007 

Kallis: Beating Australia Like Winning A World Cup

South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis has set his sights on overseas victories over both England and Australia before he retires, stating that such an achievement would be similar to winning a World Cup, something he has been unable to do in his career.

South Africa travel to both countries in 2008, with Kallis commenting:

"I am not huge on personal goals but as a team the key goals for South Africa definitely would be winning the World Cup or beating Australia and England in England next year.

"Beating Australia would probably be the number one thing for me. It is a tough tour and they are the best in the world.

"You want to test yourself against them and beating them would be equivalent to winning the World Cup in a test series and I would want to be heavily involved in it."

Kallis, 32, is South Africa's leading run scorer and enjoyed a successful return to international cricket in Pakistan, scoring three centuries in four innings as South Africa wrapped up a 1-0 series victory.

He explained his success on the sub-continent, saying, "I think in Pakistan they have the best batting wickets. The wickets are pretty flat and batter friendly and I just needed a slight adjustment from South Africa where the ball bounces more."

Kallis also backed current captain Graeme Smith, saying he had improved greatly since becoming the country's youngest captain at the age of 22 in 2003:

"He was quite young when he took over. But he is doing a good job and the guys respect him. He will be the first one to say he has learnt from his time. He asks for a lot from the guys and rightly so and when they don't perform he puts his foot down."