‘Best ever’ Kallis quits Test format
Jacques Kallis will retire from Test cricket after this week’s second match against India, ending the career of one of the game’s great all-rounders and South Africa’s most significant player of the modern era – possibly ever.
Kallis is the fourth highest run-scorer in Tests and has also taken 292 wickets in 165 matches in his 18-year career, an astoundingly good return for someone who was a world-class batsman and yet so often had to share those responsibilities with crucial spells of bowling.
He will remain available for one-day internationals, he said yesterday, and repeated his desire to play at the 2015 World Cup as his swansong.
“It’s been an honour and a privilege to have been part of the South African Test team since making my debut 18 years ago,” Kallis said in a statement on the eve of the second and final Test against India in Durban. “I have enjoyed every moment out in the middle but I just feel that the time is right.”
It has turned out to be an emotional 12 months for Test cricket as the retirement of South Africa’s indefatigable warhorse follows those of Australia’s Ricky Ponting and India’s Sachin Tendulkar.
Ponting bowed out late last year while India was plunged into deep depression when Tendulkar walked into the sunset amid much hype and fanfare in Mumbai last month. Despite Kallis’s stature in world cricket, emotions are unlikely to reach such levels when he walks out today for one last time in Test whites at Durban.
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