Proteas batting consultant Jacques Kallis says that the Proteas will try to amplify the pressure on England skipper Joe Root.
Root is under fire both as skipper and because of a marked dip in his batting form, but Kallis says the Yorkshireman is a class act and cannot be written off.
England skipper the dangerman
The England captain has enjoyed his recent series against South Africa but had endured a century drought in 2019 until smashing a double-ton in the second Test against New Zealand.
“He’s under a bit of pressure but every captain goes through that,” Kallis told a press conference.
“They’ve kept him as captain so they obviously believe in him. We’ll certainly try to keep the pressure on him, and on England.
“It’s probably an area we will try and target and make sure we put as much pressure on him, but he’s a world-class player so just because he’s under pressure doesn’t mean he’s not going to have a good series.
“No doubt he will be up for a big fight and he’ll want to turn it round. We have to make sure we are on the ball against him.”
Kallis on Stokes
While Root has struggled in 2019 allrounder Ben Stokes has had a bumper year and is currently on course to be among the best allrounders ever.
Boucher impressed by Proteas attitude
Kallis feels that Stokes himself will determine how much he can achieve in cricket. He opined that the Kiwi-born jack of all trades greatness will be down to how hungry he is to keep on playing at his highest level.
“He’s certainly got the talent to,” added Kallis. “I suppose it’s up to him how hungry he is and how far he wants to take his game.
“The one thing that’s been good is that he’s done it in a lot of formats and now he’s doing it in Test cricket as well, which is very pleasing to watch – it’s always nice seeing all-rounders come through.
“He’ll be a key player for them and we will have good strong plans against him with both bat and ball.”
Kallis was brought into a new technical team appointed by acting Director of Cricket Graeme Smith. He will work alongside Team Director Mark Boucher in a bid to turn around the Proteas downward trending form.
The first Test between the Proteas and Englandgets underway on 26 December in Centurion.