LONDON – Jacques Kallis believes South Africa can play “without any pressure” as they look to put repeated disappointments behind them at the World Cup.
The Proteas have won only one of seven World Cup knockout matches since making their tournament debut in 1992, and were beaten in the semi-finals four years ago.
This time around they have a tough start when they face hosts and favourites England in Thursday’s first match of the tournament at The Oval.
But Kallis, the outstanding all-rounder of his generation, believes not being tipped as potential winners could work in South Africa’s favour.
“The results they have over the last few years haven’t been as good as they would have liked maybe, but this is a great place for them to be (not being talked about),” he told reporters at the tournament opening ceremony in London on Wednesday.