Kallis is hungry for runs again

Jacques Kallis is itching to score big against Australia and end his batting slump in the Test series starting in Johannesburg on Thursday, according to South Africa coach Mickey Arthur.

South Africa's leading run scorer is just 12 runs away from becoming the eighth batsman to score 10000 Test runs but his recent form has been his poorest since starting out on his international career 13 years ago.

Kallis scored his last century 17 innings ago, against India in Ahmedabad in April 2008.

Arthur said the 33-year-old was looking threatening in the nets, however.

"Jacques had some starts in Australia and I can't wait for him to kick on to a big score," he told reporters in Centurion yesterday.

Arthur said Kallis was also a top-class bowler and had made up for his dip in batting form with some masterly bowling performances. - Reuters