"I think we've got a definite psychological edge over them now,"
Kallis says coolly, "and our home advantage in Johannesburg is hugely
significant. The Wanderers is one of our favourite grounds. So we're
feeling very, very confident. But it's vital we start firing again
from day one and go after England from the very start. If we can put
real pressure on them, then we know that they'll crumble."
.....Soon afterwards, in his endless quest for betterment, Kallis
urged Paddy Upton, the South African's biokineticist who also holds an
MA in sports psychology, "to work on my mind and help me play every
single ball on its merits. He also helped sort out some of my thinking
off the field. They're little details but it's amazing how they get
your mind right at the crease."
Such focus inevitably means that, while you might choose Kallis to bat
for your life, he is not a man to make the heart race with natural
flair. Yet to hear Kallis talk of his father's death from cancer is to
understand that a searing personal conviction underpins his
extraordinarily sustained form over the last year.
"We heard something was wrong with my dad during the  World Cup.
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