East London: Jacques Kallis has pledged to rediscover his form against Canada on Thursday and help inspire his faltering team into the Super Sixes of the World Cup.
Kallis, normally an explosive all-rounder, has yet to fire in the tournament so far but has shrugged off speculation that he is still labouring under the effects of a toe injury he picked up in the nets on the eve of the tournament. "I'm fully fit and very happy with the way things are going. It's just a matter of having some luck and things going my way now, but I'm not at all concerned about it," said Kallis. "There has been a lot of cricket this season and at times it has been difficult. But I wouldn't want it any other way. "I still have that hunger or lust to take wickets and make runs. I suppose it is a big task for me but I enjoy those pressures. There's nothing new about it." Kallis and his teammates gathered here on Tuesday for what they hope will be more than a one-week reunion. The host nation, who started the tournament as second favourite behind Australia, needs to win its remaining two pool 'B' matches to ensure a place in the Super Six. After Canada, South Africa will also need to beat Sri Lanka in Durban on Monday to prolong its campaign into the second stage. The South Africans split up after beating Bangladesh in Bloemfontein on Saturday in a planned move to give the players a two-day break from the pressures of challenging for the World Cup in their own country - pressures which have been reflected in shaky performances by Shaun Pollock's team. In a tournament in which almost every result has had a bearing on the race for qualification for the next stage, South Africa is unlikely to take Canada lightly, especially after the Canadians gave the West Indies a fright at Centurion on Sunday. Coach Eric Simons will have taken careful note of the way big-hitting John Davison hammered a century off 67 balls against the West Indies - as a result, the South African attack is unlikely to pitch short against him. South Africa's biggest problem is what to do with Allan Donald, the long-time leader of its strike attack. His poor form was a major factor in South Africa's defeats by West Indies and New Zealand but he is likely to play against Canada to see whether he has recovered his form. South Africa's middle-order batsmen are short of match practice with both its wins against Kenya and Bangladesh achieved by ten wickets, with only Herschelle Gibbs and Gary Kirsten needed at the crease. Copyright AFP 2001
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