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Kallis remains confident of Proteas chances

Sat, 1st Jun 2019

Jacques Kallis.© ICC Business Corporation FZ LLC 2019

The former Proteas all-rounder remains confident that South Africa will reach the knockout stages at this year's Cricket World Cup, despite a 104-run loss to England in their tournament opener.

South Africa limited the hosts to 311/8 on what looked a good batting pitch at The Oval and despite a good start in their reply, the Proteas were guilty of a string of soft dismissals as they ultimately fell well short.

"It was never going to be easy playing England in the very first game but I've seen nothing to change my mind that South Africa can go deep in this tournament," Kallis wrote in a column for the ICC.

"They will be hard on themselves when they look back on the game, there were too many soft dismissals for my liking, but there was nothing wrong with their performance that cannot be rectified."

Furthermore, Kallis praised Faf du Plessis' captaining on the day and feels it could've been a different result all together if Hashim Amla wasn't forced from the field following a blow to the head.

Amla returned later in the innings, but was ultimately dismissed for 13 runs.

"I thought Faf du Plessis made some really good bowling choices and the variations they bowled were pretty good, I think England would have considered themselves 20 short in a perfect world, which is a positive for us," Kallis continued.

"South Africa were well in the game for the first 20 overs of their response but losing Hashim Amla was a big blow. They'll be pretty hard on themselves with some of those soft wickets they gave away after that."