We are ready for turning pitch: Kallis

Updated: 15 April 2008 12:29 IST

The South Africa all-rounder says his team is ready to battle it out if they are given a spin-friendly pitch in the decisive Kanpur Test.

We are ready for turning pitch: Kallis

Ahmedabad:

South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis is undeterred by the spin-friendly track that India may dish out at Kanpur after being stung by their thrashing in the second Test here.

Kallis said on Sunday that South African batsmen are comfortable against Indian spinners and have shown that in their clinical win at the Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium in Motera here Saturday.

The third and final Test starts in Kanpur Friday.

"I don't think there will be any grass on the wicket in Kanpur. But we have played spin bowling and have performed well in the subcontinent. India is going to come hard at us after this loss, but we are prepared for it," Kallis said.

He said the team was not going to sit on its laurels and would be looking for a 2-0 drubbing of the hosts.

"We are happy but we will not be satisfied with a 1-0 win. We will be hoping to end the series with a 2-0 verdict," Kallis said.

Much has been said about the grassy wicket at Motera and Kallis, who batted India out of the match with his century, said it was the morning session that was difficult to negotiate.

"I do not think that grass played that kind of a role. There was little bit of a swing in the first session. But that was it. The wicket played well throughout."

Kallis said South African pacers made all the difference in the match.

"The way our fast bowlers bowled was incredible. They kept the Indian batsmen under a lot of pressure. It was always difficult for them to come back after being 400 runs behind," he said.

Asked whether it is the best South African side he has played with, Kallis said: "It is very difficult to compare different teams. I have been part of some great sides. But this bowling attack is good and can take 20 wickets on most wickets. We are going to fancy our chances in the last Test."

Kallis, who scored his 30th ton in the second Test here, said he never hoped to represent his country for so long.

"I never dreamt this day in my life. I never expected to do this. I am still enjoying cricket, whatever little I have in me."

Kallis said international cricket is becoming tougher. "It is tough and a worrying factor, the amount of cricket that is being played. The batsmen are dominating and bowlers are getting tired."

Asked about the Twenty20 cricket, Kallis said: "T20 is not much of a problem for me. Test and one-day cricket takes a lot out of you. You will have to just change the mindset."



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