fill your boots jakes
jacques kallis batting in the warm-up match in fatullah
tomorrow is the start of south africa’s 2 match test series against bangladesh. because bangladesh are the second poorest test cricket nation it means that jacques kallis has a chance to score some big runs!
playing against a weak team can be a bit of a lottery, though, because the poorer the opposition, the fewer the opportunities to bat.
against bangladesh there will only be 2 test matches (where there are usually a minimum of 3 and sometimes as many as 5) and where each team normally bats twice per test match, south africa have in the past only needed to bat once against bangladesh. that means two chances to bat in 2 tests. so if you don’t catch the first bus its a long wait till the next one.
if he gets in, however, there’s every chance of getting a nice big, fat, juicy hundred. who knows, he may even score that double-hundred which has alluded him for so long?
as much as i hope kallis fills his boots i would also like to see bangladesh become a better team. there are very few countries that play cricket, and of those even fewer who play at a competitive level. at the moment there are only 10 test cricket playing nations and two of them (zimbabwe, bangladesh) are not competitive at all – so that basically leaves 8.
eight countries for this sport i love so much – thats very few. we could definitely do with bangladesh becoming better. and there have been encouraging signs on the tour so far with the cricket board XI scoring 400 against us in a warm-up game. so lets hope bangladesh play well and jakes gets a nice big hundred!