South African batsman Jacques Kallis said a long break from cricket did him a world of good after he scored a century in each innings of the first Test against Pakistan here on Thursday.
Kallis, who followed his 155 in the first innings with another brilliant unbeaten 100, reacted furiously last month after he was dropped from South Africa's Twenty20 World Cup squad.
He resigned from the vice-captaincy but South African selectors claimed he needed to rest ahead of the Proteas' busy schedule in the coming season.
"To get some time off was special, obviously it would have been nice to have played in the Twenty20 but on the other hand I've come into this series well rested," said Kallis.
"It's amazing what breaks can do for you, especially if you are an all-rounder and are in the game most of the time," said Kallis, whose feat allowed the tourists to set Pakistan a giant 424 to win.
"It's nice to start again and you are fresh after a good rest, certainly the longest break that I've had since I left school."
Kallis said he was proud to became the fourth South African batsman after Alan Melville, Bruce Mitchell and Garry Kirsten to score a century in each innings in Tests.
"I am one of three or four players who have done this for South Africa, something I will look back at the end of my career and then say I am very proud of," he said.
Kallis said his second hundred of the match was more difficult.
"The second one was a more grinding innings and we just had to make sure we had enough runs on the board. Two totally different innings, the first one to me was better when I struck the ball well," he added.
Pakistan finished the fourth day on 146-3 on the back of a brilliant unbeaten 93 by Younis Khan, needing 278 runs to post an unlikely win on Friday.
Kallis said it would be an intriguing last day.
"It is still a good batting wicket, we would have taken three down at the end of the day, perhaps they got few more runs than we would have liked," he said.
"But there's enough happening on the wicket for us to get those seven wickets so it's certainly going to be interesting day's cricket."