El­e­gant Kal­lis shows new thatch hir­sute’s him

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT - KEVIN McCAL­LUM

AS JAC­QUES Kal­lis walked down the stairs to the field on the sec­ond day of this Lager Test Se­ries, amidst the roar from the fans on the grand­stand, a chant went up from a few of the more rowdy mem­bers of the main grand­stand.

“Show us your hair! Show us your hair!”

As re­ported yes­ter­day, the new locks of Kal­lis have taken on a man­tle of their own. And yes­ter­day, af­ter his 38th Test cen­tury, he is third on the list af­ter Ricky Ponting and Sachin Ten­dulkar, his Royal Chal­lengers Ban­ga­lore team­mate Rahul Dravid com­mented: “Hair­style changes, but the runs keep com­ing,” laughed Dravid. “It’s been fas­ci­nat­ing, I’ve played and shared a chang­ing room with Jac­ques over the last three years at the Royal Chal­lengers. I have got to see a lot of him up close and you can see why he is such a suc­cess­ful crick­eter. He’s got such a fan­tas­tic tem­per­a­ment for the game, such a re­laxed per­son­al­ity, both on and off the field. He just keeps scor­ing runs and keeps get­ting bet­ter.

“I’d hoped the new hair­style would cramp him a bit, but it doesn’t seem to have, I wish he would spend more time look­ing in the mir­ror.”

If Kal­lis is spend­ing time look­ing in the mir­ror, it is the Man in the Mir­ror, as the poem in­sists. He looks in­side, to­wards the in­spi­ra­tion of his loved ones now de­parted, a per­son­al­ity driven to suc­cess, records to at­tain and a hunger to win that is hid­den be­hind a calm ex­te­rior and a dead-pan face. And, now, a new hair­style.

His part­ner­ship with Hashim Amla was 200 at the close, and Alviro Petersen, who had, along with Graeme Smith, pushed South Africa into a strong po­si­tion yes­ter­day, felt that his side were on the high­way to vic­tory.

“It’s a been a re­ally good day for us, start­ing with yes­ter­day and then tak­ing the last wicket (early this morn­ing),” said Petersen. “We had a big part­ner­ship up front and then Jac­ques and Hashim bat­ted re­ally well to push us into a strong po­si­tion.”

South Africa be­gan cau­tiously, their run rate bor­der­ing on snail­pace for the first hour as they came to terms with a wicket that In­dia found was a bully. Petersen rode his luck on the odd oc­ca­sion, while Smith drove quite beau­ti­fully.

“The first 10 overs we didn’t score a lot of runs, only af­ter­wards when we started get­ting in we put away the loose balls,” said Petersen. “The longer you are in, the eas­ier it gets. Get­ting a good start was im­por­tant.”

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