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South Africa training camp concludes

South Africa ended the camp with a win over the bizhub Highveld Lions in a practice match

South Africa training camp concludes - Cricket News
Dale Steyn bowls in the nets.
Jacques Kallis brought the Proteas' training camp to a superb conclusion with a peerless century in the five-wicket victory (with 15 balls to spare) over the bizhub Highveld Lions at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom, on Friday.

Kallis had made a half-century in the first practice match on Thursday but he stepped his game up to another level with this effort, scoring at more than a run a ball throughout his innings.

He faced only 92 balls in making 114 with 16 fours and it took a photo finish run out to prevent from batting through to the finish.

His cover driving was seen at its best as he threaded the ball through a packed off-side field during the early power play overs and then simply picked the bowlers off once the opposition dropped back into more defensive positions.

Chasing a target of 252 in 40overs the Proteas looked for a long time as though they would win by nine wickets as Kallis and Hashim Amla (79 off 73 balls with eight fours) shared a second wicket partnership that took their side to within 100 runs of victory after the early loss of Gibbs.

Amla becomes a better and better limited overs batsman with every match that he plays and he has certainly given coach Mickey Arthur a lot of food for thought ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy when it comes to his final selection.

While the batting looks awesome there is still quite a lot of rust to come off the pace attack and that will probably come in for particular attention in the next couple of weeks.

The Proteas' Standard Bank ODI squad will gather on Monday week for their final preparation for the Champions Trophy. Their only warm-up match will be against the West Indies at Senwes Park on September 18.

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