Kallis eyeing T20 World Cup after making a making in short format

Johannesburg: South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis is now eyeing the Twenty 20 World Cup after making a comeback in the short format of the game.

He said that he still had plenty to offer after being criticised in the past for not being suited to the ``smash and grab`` format of the game.

“I perhaps struggled when the game first came out a couple years back. I`ve put a lot of work in to try and succeed at this level. I`ve always enjoyed the T20 format, so I`ve put in a lot of hard work, and it`s nice when those rewards start paying off,” Sport 24 quoted Kallies, as saying.

“I`ve also had a few years of IPL (Indian Premier League) and I learnt to play T20 cricket, so I enjoy this format and hopefully I can stick around a bit longer and make a contribution if I`m picked for the T20 World Cup,” he added.

Kallis, 36, said he had made a number of changes to his game to adjust to the T20 format.

“The biggest change was a mental one, and probably a few technical changes. In cricket you`re always taught to get as close to the ball as possible and in this format you actually have to give yourself a bit of space, so it was just a matter of working out where I could get a few extra scoring options,” he said.

Kallis anchored the innings for South Africa as the hosts posted a massive 219/4 in the March 30 game.

India, in reply, scored 71 without loss after 7.5 overs, before the rain marred the game, eventually giving the Proteas an 11-run win on the Duckworth-Lewis method.