McLaren's candid admission: "I am no Kallis"

"I wouldn't even pretend to be walking in his shoes. There is no comparison between the two of us."

PRETORIA (South Africa) - Ryan McLaren said "I am no Jacques Kallis" after replacing the recently retired all-rounder in the South Africa team for the first test against Australia on Wednesday.

McLaren was preferred to Wayne Parnell as Kallis's successor in the all-rounder role, to win his second cap, four years after his first.Ryan McLaren dismissed Alex Doolan on the first day of the 1st Test against Australia.

But the 31-year-old left-handed batsman and right-arm bowler made it clear he was not about to take up the mantle of one of the game's greatest all-rounders.

"Let's get it right straight away and you can all save yourselves some typing," he told reporters at a news conference at SuperSport Park after Australia had finished on 297 for four.

"I am no Jacques Kallis. I wouldn't even pretend to be walking in his shoes. There is no comparison between the two of us."

"For me it is first a case of stepping up into the role, and to try and make use of the opportunity as best I can."

McLaren, who took a wicket in his first spell and finished the day with figures for 1-53 off 16 overs, said he saw his role as a hard "grafter", to hold up an end when bowling and to bat as efficiently as he could in the number seven position.

"It will be a work in progress," he added.

The 38-year-old Kallis retired after South Africa's series win over India in December, scoring a century in his final knock to go into third place in the all-time list of run scorers.


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