Kallis had more cause for steam in the first innings when he was again given out following review after the third umpire said that the ball hit his glove on the way to Prior. Pictures suggested that his hand was off the bat handle at the time. (FB makes no comment to the effect that Kallis would not have felt the ball strike his glove by contrast to feeling the inside edge. Highly trained top class cricketers have these extraordinary perceptions. They always feel the inside edge prior to an LBW shout, but never feel the outside edge prior to the caught behind. Or perhaps it is the bats.)
Kallis' disappointment was real though but not really what draws FB's small measure of sympathy. for as a long serving pro, Kallis will have got the rub of as many decisions as have gone against him. It is only FB who is on the wrong end of every decision, batting and bowling. FB's sympathy is for the fact that Kallis will not have his name on the honours board. Nor will FB, much as he would like to - so FB feels for a fellow sufferer.
He looked well set in the second innings and about to overturn the unfortunate statistic that prior to that innings his average at Lords was a mere 5.75. Even FB has a higher average than that at most grounds, and he is far from being one of the greats. Kallis' second innings 31 meant that he very nearly doubled his average at Lords - it is now 10.80. Still on the low side, but exactly the same as West Indian Ramnaresh Sarwan, 0.2 above former Australian skipper Bobby Simpson and only 0.8 behind Javed Miandad who are alongside him in a large group of high quality batsmen who have never cut it on cricket's most famous stage. Nor is it only overseas players who have struggled here. Mark Ramprakash played 13 Test innings at Lords and averaged only 10 - and as a Middlesex player he was as familiar with the slope as any player could be. Kallis was also on the Middlesex staff at one time. So local knowledge may not be too much of a help.
Other players find it a happier hunting ground. Both KP (the batsman who must not be named) and Ian Bell average well over 60 at Lords, but leading the averages by a mile is Steve Waugh whose 5 innings come at an average of 115.50. But overall top visiting run getter at Lords is Gary Sobers with 571 runs in 9 innings.
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There's disappointment and disappointment. With a career such as his behind him, Kallis has nothing to moan about.