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Proteas aiming for victory on day four at Gabba

Jacques Kallis of South Africa
Jacques Kallis of South Africa Mark Kolbe - Getty Images

SOUTH African all-rounder Jacques Kallis says the Proteas will be going all out for victory in a crucial first hour on day four of the first Test at the Gabba.

Despite losing the whole second day to rain, Kallis, who looked imperious in compiling his 44th Test century and his fifth against Australia before finally being caught by Rob Quiney on 147, said there was plenty to play for on day four and beyond and the South Africans would be targeting early wickets.

"(Monday) morning is massive," he said Sunday night.

"Any wickets we can pick up will be crucial. If we can pick up two or three wickets that will put them right on the back foot."

Kallis said the scalp of Australian skipper Michael Clarke would be high on the list of priorities.

"Michael Clarke is world-class player and a vital wicket for us," he said.

"But we need to pick up one or two more as well. If we can nip a few out tomorrow morning and put some real pressure on Australia, then who knows.

"I think the game's far from dead. There's enough in the wicket as well."

Kallis, who has yet to bowl in the game, said the Proteas had enough in their attack to worry the home team despite missing injured offspinner JP Duminy, who has had successful surgery on his ruptured Achilles but will miss the rest of the series.

"As long as we keep applying the pressure then that's all we can do," he said.

"If Australia plays well, then fair enough."There's not too much on offer spin-wise on that wicket.

"The seam is there a little bit we have five seamers so we have got enough cover there to get the balls in the right area and ask enough questions."

Australian paceman Ben Hilfenhaus said it was crucial not out batsmen Clarke and Ed Cowan continued to bat well on the start of day four.

The pair had put on 71 at stumps last night and Hilfenhaus said it was crucial they stayed together for a lot longer."The partnership they have going is good for us at the moment," he added.

"But they have to cash in on that and keep it going for as long as possible."

Topics:  cricket, gabba, proteas, south africa




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