Friday 24 November 2017

Kallis set to call time on Test career

Jacques Kallis
Jacques Kallis

Cricket

Jacques Kallis will retire from Test and first-class cricket after South Africa's forthcoming second Test against India.

The 38-year-old, who has played 165 Test matches, said: "It's been an honour and a privilege to have been part of the South Africa Test team since making my debut 18 years ago.

"I have enjoyed every moment but I just feel that the time is right to hang up my Test whites."

Kallis, who has confirmed he will remain available for selection in limited overs formats for South Africa, made his Test debut at the age of 20 and went on to score 13,174 runs, take 292 wickets and 199 catches.

"It wasn't an easy decision to come to, especially with Australia around the corner and the success this team is enjoying, but I feel I have made my contribution in this format. The last two years specifically have been a memorable journey with an exceptional group of cricketers.

"I don't see it as goodbye because I still have a lot of hunger to push South Africa to that World Cup in 2015 -- if I am fit and performing."

His final Test will be the second Test, which starts today in Durban. The first Test in the two-match series ended in a thrilling draw.

Proteas coach Russell Domingo said: "The impact Jacques has made on South African cricket has been immense, not just as a player but as a human being. I'm not sure we will ever see another player of that stature very soon."

Irish Independent

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