South African veteran Jacques Kallis says his nation’s poor record at the Oval will not concern them when they step-out in the first Test against England on Thursday.
Despite recording a number of series victories in England, the Proteas haven’t one in their last 10 matches at the Kensington venue and the pitch has regularly outfoxed a number of their players.
It is not surprising therefore that the England Betting markets have the hosts as favourites for the opening Test, though the series is proving much harder to forecast.
Kallis himself has struggled throughout his career while playing in England, most notably during his nation’s last series in the UK in 2008, making barely a hundred runs throughout his seven innings.
However, the 36-year-old isn’t worried about his recent troubles in the British Isles and says he’s not too concerned how he performs, as long as his team win.
"I'm not someone who worries too much about what happened in the last innings or on previous tours," he said. "You don't get ahead start if you've done well in a previous innings or previous tours.
"It would be nice to have a good tour here. But if I have a bad tour and we win, I'll take that," he added.
The three Test series is being talked-up by many as the cricketing highlight of the summer as both teams have almost unlimited class with both bat and ball. In his Michael Vaughan Betting Tips column, former England skipper Vaughan believes Andy Flower’s men have the edge and are good enough to hold on to their world number one Test ranking.
After their meeting at the Oval, the two sides meet again at Headingley and Lord’s in August and with so much talent on show, Kallis believes the clashes have the potential to be some of the best matches of recent years.
"They are two good attacks, certainly as good as any in world cricket at the moment,” he continued. "Both sides have got good batters as well. It's going to be a fantastic series."