Kallis cuts loose in warm-up

Jacques Kallis cracked 63 off 58 balls in a friendly fixture against the BCCI President’s XI on Wednesday.

The two-day match was called a draw but the outing provided a good opportunity for the Proteas batsmen to adjust to Indian conditions. Hashim Amla was also in fine form, scoring a more circumspect 72, while opener Ashwell Prince weighed in with 42.

The Proteas made 354 in response to the hosts’ 318. Both Kallis and Amla retired to afford batsmen down the order an opportunity. JP Duminy scored an important 39 when the spinners were on, an innings that will give him plenty of confidence considering his recent run of poor form.

The first Test in Nagpur starts this Saturday.