Pakistan v South Africa, 1st Test, Dubai, 4th day November 15, 2010

Kallis & Amla do it again

ESPNcricinfo staff

It is almost inevitable that a player who spends more than a decade in international cricket will break the odd record along the way and put together some notable statistics, but even so Jacques Kallis's list of achievements make particularly impressive reading. Kallis reached a 36th Test hundred in the course of his unbroken 242-run partnership with Hashim Amla, South Africa's second highest for any wicket against Pakistan, on the fourth day at Dubai.

At 35, Kallis is already South Africa's leading scorer in Test cricket by a margin of several thousand, but he believes he still has a lot more to give. "Hopefully there's a few more left in the body," he said. "I'm still enjoying my cricket, hopefully there's many more runs there."

He is third on the all-time list for most Test hundreds, with Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar the two men ahead of him with 39 and 49 hundreds respectively. Kallis has also been involved in no fewer than 15 double century partnerships in his career, three short of Tendulkar's record and is one better than the great Sir Donald Bradman.

His partnership with Amla was their fourth double century partnership - they shared stands of 220 and 330 against New Zealand in 2007-08 and 340 against India in the innings win at Nagpur earlier this year - a number that has only been exceeded by Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer's six.

"Hashim and myself got us off to a good start," Kallis said after the day's play. "Scoring was always going to be tough today, but we were always ahead of the rate. We complemented each other pretty well throughout the partnership. It became a little bit easier than we thought it would be, but it was still tough scoring. Batting and staying out there was a little easier, but scoring was quite tough.

"The wicket is pretty slow, the outfield is very slow as well, so you could add on a few runs for that. But we just tried to rotate the strike and put the bad ball away to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Then we could play with a bit more freedom once we got to a total that we were happy with."

Kallis hit his first delivery of the day from Saeed Ajmal for a straight six, and that set the tone for his and Amla's treatment of Pakistan's slow bowlers for the rest of the day. It had been thought that Pakistan's spinners - offspinner Ajmal and left-armer Abdur Rehman - could have a decisive influence of the game but they have been out-bowled by Johan Botha and Paul Harris, their South African counterparts.

"I think we played their spinners pretty well," Kallis explained. "Also, our spinners' lines are probably slightly different to what their spinners have bowled. And our guys are pretty confident. It's a lot easier and things seem to go for you when you're ahead of the game, so hopefully that'll continue happening for us. It's a happy changeroom, we've got some hard work ahead of us tomorrow but there's enough in the wicket to keep the bowlers encouraged."

Kallis also paid tribute to Amla, who is now only 6 runs short of his 1 000 Test runs for the calendar year. Amla reached a ninth century of the year in all formats, including four in Tests and five in ODIs, finishing unbeaten on 118.

"He's been unbelievable, he's certainly been our rock [this year]," Kallis said of Amla. "The way that the guys have batted around him has also helped. He's very confident, and he's come a long way from when people said 'with that backlift, you'll never be able to play international cricket.' I think he's proved a few people wrong.

"The wicket is a little flat, nothing special," said Amla. "Fortunately Jacques and I got a partnership going and that made it a lot easier to score. We have managed to get a few big partnerships together and today was one of them. At certain times when we weren't scoring Jacques was very level-headed and calm about it. He put a reality spin on certain situations which was great."

Amla added that there was no secret to his current phenomenal run of form, saying: "I wish I had a penny for the amount of times I've had that question asked over the last year or so. There has been no secret. I just try to bat the way I can, not try and change too much and keep things simple.

"I don't attribute it to anything special. I just try to gain as much experience in each game and fortunately it is coming through."

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  • Wolver on November 16, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    Kallis is a legend with no equal. Amla looking very good, best number 3 in the game at the moment.

  • Anand on November 16, 2010, 7:01 GMT

    Kallis please go past Ponting in Test centuries and show that arrogant player his real place. Good luck. If I were to choose a team for a test team in any era, you will be first on my list above Sobers and Bradman.

  • diren on November 16, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    It says alot when Kallis says that Amla has been the "rock" in the side this year... i mean Kallis himself was the rock in the SA batting line up for over a decade and now we have another just as good as kallis...maybe even better

  • Dummy4 on November 16, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    Despite being a 15 yr-old kid who is into the glamour of T20 cricket who regards Afridi as the best cricketer in the world, I still get goosebumps weneva i watch Hashim Amla play cricket... His shots r jst soooooo GRACIOUS and cant even b described... His off-side shits r second 2 none, and his wristy shots r a delight... Certainly, the best batsmen currently

  • Dummy4 on November 16, 2010, 2:55 GMT

    I have really fallen in love with the game of this guy Hashim Amla . May Allah Almighty bestow His blessing upon his career throughout. Looks like a true Muslim character with the aim when he is at the wicket.Magical year for him & hope many magical years to come.

  • Dummy4 on November 15, 2010, 23:16 GMT

    Kallis has his own class and Hashim Amla has terrible footwork and technique. Both of them share a great deal of understanding complimenting each other. Good to see such a responsible partnership.

  • Dummy4 on November 15, 2010, 21:43 GMT

    Hashim Amla on current form, is the best Batsman in the World. His scoring rate in both Formats and the total runs he has compiled over the year is even MORE impressive. His Stroke-Play is fluent, his shots are by the Textbook... he's what any fan would pay money to see.

  • Dummy4 on November 15, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    If Hashim Amla continues his prime form no matter what kind of role he is playing and what kind of cricket he is playing one day will come when we need to call him as Sir Hashim Amla.But right now Mr Hashim Amla you are playing great as i m from India,i saw him batting against top Indian spin bowlers..he really played Indian spinners with easy and only lost his wicket once in 4 innings that's a great achievement of Hashim Amla

  • Deon on November 15, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    Kallis has has been involved in 15 double hundred partnerhips but yet has never scored a double himself. That has to be one of the biggest statistical anomolies in Test cricket.

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