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“We will do everything in our power to try and win it for him”
South Africa pace spearhead Dale Steyn has announced that the Proteas have to “do whatever it takes” to win the ongoing Test match against India in Durban in order to give veteran all-rounder Jacques Kallis the perfect farewell.
Kallis recently announced that he would be retiring from Test cricket after this match, but Steyn revealed that he did not believe the 38-year-old at first.
“He always lies to me, he always jokes around about things like that, so I didn’t think it was true,” Steyn said. “Then, when the announcement came, I knew he was being serious. It’s terribly sad.”
However, Steyn is worried about how whether South Africa can pull off a win, especially since the weather in Durban has been unpredictable over the first two days.
“There are three days left, so I hope we can get a result, especially for Jacques,” Steyn said. “We will do everything in our power to try and win it for him. We were on the edge of winning in Johannesburg and then we didn’t, but rather than go 1-0 down there, we stand a chance of winning the series here.”
Speaking about the decision not to go for the win during the first Test in Johannesburg, despite only needing 16 runs off 18 balls, Steyn said: “He sat down and had a little talk with us and said he didn’t want to play his last Test in Durban and for it to fizzle out and be a draw. So we have to do whatever it takes. Whatever it is, whether we have to score quickly, take 10 wickets again, whatever, we’ll do it.”
With Kallis only needing 114 runs to overtake legendary India batsman Rahul Dravid as the third all-time run-scorer in Test cricket history, Steyn revealed that the veteran all-rounder is not feeling the heat.
“In the changing room, he is more talkative than he has ever been,” he said. “I think he is really enjoying his last moments in whites. Obviously he will still be around for the one-dayers but he is really making the most of his time left in Tests and we will do everything we can to give him a victory in his last Test.”