Cricket officials in South Africa have announced that Jacques Kallis, who has been referred to as the greatest all-rounder of his era, will retire from test and first-class cricket after the Boxing Day match against India in Durban.
Kallis, cricket’s fourth highest test run-getter, would be available, however, for selection in the limited-over formats. The 38-year-old has amassed 13,174 runs and taken 292 wickets from 165 tests.
The broad-shouldered top-order batsman and medium-pace bowler has been a pillar for South African cricket since he made his debut as a 20-year-old against England in Durban.
His test batting average of more than 55 and his knack of picking up crucial wickets make him undoubtedly one of the greatest all-rounders to have played the game.
The right-handed batsman also has the second highest number of centuries (44) in tests, behind India’s Sachin Tendulkar, who retired from cricket last month.
Kallis, who has also made 11,574 runs in 325 one-day internationals, will give himself one last chance to win a World Cup for South Africa in 2015, when the tournament will be hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
With the first match ending in a draw, top-ranked South Africa take on India in the second and final test from Thursday (December 26).
The Proteas will also host Australia for three tests and as many Twenty20 internationals in a series that will begin in February 2014.