10 Apr 2012

Kallis aims for one last Cricket World Cup

7:32 am on 10 April 2012

Veteran South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis has vowed to defy age and history, saying he wants to win the 2015 Cricket World Cup for his country before calling it a day.

Since their post-apartheid debut in cricket's one-day showpiece in 1992, South Africa have never made it to the World Cup final, famously wilting under pressure several times despite boasting some hugely talented teams.

Kallis, 36, who is playing for Kolkata Knight Riders in the ongoing Twenty20 Indian Premier League, says he was confident he would remain fit for the next World Cup to be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

Kallis, who has figured in five World Cups, can draw inspiration from Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar, who was part of his country's World Cup-winning side last year on his sixth and probably last attempt at the age of 37.

The South African all-rounder, who has scored 12,379 runs in 152 Tests and 11,498 runs in 321 one-day internationals, says he had not thought of quitting the game and his aim was to stay fit.