South African batsman Jacques Kallis pulls a ball on day 2 of the third cricket test match between Australia and South Africa at the WACA.
South African batsman Jacques Kallis pulls a ball on day 2 of the third cricket test match between Australia and South Africa at the WACA. AAP Image - Tony Ashby

Kallis to bow out as true great

JACQUES Kallis has secured his place as one of the game's greatest all-rounders. But just where he sits in the pecking order will be debated long and hard down the decades.

The 38-year-old announced yesterday this week's second Test against India, which started at Kingsmead in Durban overnight, would be his last Test.

For the record, Kallis has amassed 13,174 Test runs, the fourth-highest in the game - behind only Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting and Rahul Dravid.

The South African's 44 centuries in 165 matches is second only to Tendulkar's 51, but his average (55.12) is even better than the Little Master (53.78).

Not only has Kallis been an outstanding batsman, his bowling statistics speak volumes. He has taken 292 Test wickets at an average of 32.53, putting him fifth on South Africa's all-time list behind Shaun Pollock, Makhaya Ntini, Allan Donald and Dale Steyn.

Kallis said while he was retiring from Tests, he would be available for one-day internationals, suggesting the 2015 World Cup would be 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.

"It wasn't an easy decision to come to, especially with Australia around the corner and the success this team is enjoying."

KALLIS FILE

TEST CAREER STATS

Runs: 13,174 at 55.12

Highest score: 224 v Sri Lanka in Jan, 2012

Wickets: 292 at 32.53

Best bowling: 6/54 v England in Aug, 2003

Catches: 199



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