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Fate is in our hands: Jacques Kallis

"The match against England in Barbados will virtually be a quarterfinal for us. We cannot afford to let it slip," says Kallis.

cricket Updated: Apr 15, 2007 23:46 IST

South Africa's vice-captain Jacques Kallis feels the 'fate is in our hands' as far as his team's further progress in the 2007 World Cup is concerned.

"The fate is in our hands. We need three big performances and we are capable of doing it," said Kallis after his side crashed to a five-wicket defeat at the hands of New Zealand in Barbados on Saturday.

South Africa's fate is hanging in balance and they must win their final Group Eight match against England in Barbados on April 17 to qualify for the last four stage. If they do so, the next two games Kallis mentioned would be the semi-finals and final.

"The match against England in Barbados will virtually be a quarterfinal for us. We cannot afford to let it slip," remarked Kallis.

The reliable middle order batsman was emphatic that it was the conditions in the morning which played the decisive role in Saturday's outcome.

"Toss was critical. It did a lot for the first 20 overs and from then on it was a catch-up time for us.

"In fact we didn't do too badly with the bat on that sort of pitch. We probably could have made 20-25 runs more but it wasn't a big-total wicket," he said.

Looking back at South Africa's performance in this World Cup, Kallis did mention the bad loss against Bangladesh which has marred the team's chances.

"It was a bad loss and we have had a couple of bad performances along the way."

The match against England would be important not only for the result but also because of the issues surrounding England batsmen Kevin Pieterson.

Pieterson, a South African by birth who chose to play for England, has had no love lost against the South Africans and his jibe at the Proteas captain Graeme Smith in recent past have been hard and biting.

Kallis though did not want to get personal on the Pieterson issue.

"They have a few big players and we need to watch out for them. It's a big game but we are backing ourselves up," he said.