James Lawton: Kallis, the hubris hunter
Tuesday 04 January 2005
It would have been a little easier to celebrate the roughing up of South Africa's No 11, Charl Langeveldt, by Andrew Flintoff if the latter's captain had not adopted an entirely different approach against Jacques Kallis.
Michael Vaughan had Andrew Flintoff, a world-rated performer in his own right, bowl so far wide of the South African's off stump that only suicidal recklessness would have produced runs.
That Kallis compiled 149 in the face of such tactics - and with Ashley Giles bowling over the wicket and into the rough - was in all the circumstances fresh evidence of a brilliantly accomplished Test performer. In successive Tests now, Kallis has displayed both magnificent temperament and great technique.
He is so good he might have a chance of getting into the Australian team. It is a sobering thought - and maybe an antidote to dangerous signs of English hubris.
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