South Afican all-round cricketer Jacques Kallis announced yesterday that he will be retiring from Test Cricket after the Boxing Day match against India (which starts in Durban today). He won’t be available for selection for the South African squad for the February 2014 Australian tour of South Africa. He also stated that he doesn’t intend to stop playing cricket entirely and would still like to represent South Africa in the Cricket World Cup in 2015 (which will be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand).
Kallis made his Test Cricket Debut for South Africa in 1995. During the course of his test career he has played in 165 tests, scored over 13,000 runs (44 centuries, 58 half centuries and 2 double centuries), taken 292 wickets and 199 catches. He was also named as the Leading Cricketer in the World in 2008 (by Wisden), the ICC Test Player of the Year in 2007 and the ICC Player of the Year in 2005. He has scored the fourth most runs in the history test cricket behind Sachin Tendulkar (15,837), Ricky Ponting (13,378) and Rahul Dravid (13,288).
It will be interesting to see if Kallis can get his 200th test catch and 300th test wicket in the match against India. It will be a fitting end to a brilliant test career. So, open up a beer or two, switch on the telly and enjoy Jacques Kallis last match. It’s going to be weird not seeing his name on the South African test team sheet in the future.
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