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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Jacques Kallis Retirement

Jacques Henry Kallis (born 16 October 1975) is a South African cricketer. As a right-handed batsman fast-medium swing bowler, Kallis is regarded as one of the greatest all-rounders of all Time.[2] As of 2013 he was the only cricketer in the history of the game to score more than 11,000 runs and take 250 wickets in both one-day and Test match cricket.[3][4]

 
Kallis played 166 Test matches and had a batting average of over 55 runs per innings.[5][6] From October to December 2007 he scored five centuries in four Test Matches; with his century in the second innings of the third test against India in January 2011, his 40th in all, he moved past Ricky Ponting to become the second-highest scorer of Test centuries, behind only Sachin Tendulkar with 51. Kallis was named Leading Cricketer in the World in the 2008 Wisden for his performances in 2007 in addition to being the "ICC Test Player of the Year" and ICC Player of the Year in 2005.[7] He has been described by Kevin Pietersen and Daryll Cullinan as the greatest cricketer to play the game, and along with Walter Hammond and Sir Garry Sobers is one of the few Test all-rounders whose Test batting average is over 50 and exceeds his Test bowling average by 20 or more.[8]
Kallis became the fourth player and first South African to score 13,000 Test runs on an eventful opening day of the first Test against New Zealand on 2 January 2013.[9] Kallis, who had also taken 292 Test wickets, lies third behind Indian player Sachin Tendulkar (15,837) and Australian Ricky Ponting (13,378) on the list of all-time run scorers in test cricket.[10][11][12] He was named one of the Wisden cricketers of the year in 2013. The ICC Awards 2005 Test Player of the Year Jacques Kallis.[13] Kallis announced his retirement from test cricket and first-class cricket on 25 December 2013. He will retire after playing the second test match against India at Durban, missing Australia's tour of South Africa in February 2014.[14][15][16] Kallis scored his 45th test hundred in his last test match against India at Durban,making him one of the few batsmen to score test century in his last test match.[17][18]
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