South Africa v New Zealand, 1st Test, Cape Town 1st day

Kallis delights Newlands again

The Plays of the Day from the first day of the first Test between South Africa and New Zealand

Firdose Moonda at Newlands

January 2, 2013

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Jacques Kallis celebrates a half-century, South Africa v New Zealand, 1st Test, Cape Town, 1st day, January 2, 2013
Jacques Kallis lapped up the cheers from an adoring Cape Town crowd © AFP
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Shot of the day

Jacques Kallis had a few runs saved on his way to 13,000 but when Doug Bracewell gave him the width to cut, he did. Eight overs after tea, Kallis slashed the ball past gully and Newlands was on its feet. He is, without any doubt, their favourite son. A sell-out crowd which included his best friend Mark Boucher applauded their champion and Kallis accepted. He acknowledged them as he would have on any milestone - with helmet off, arms in the air and bat in salute. What was missing this time was the customary glance to the heavens, reserved for his late father which often accompanies his celebrations. Kallis is only the fourth batsman in the world to cross the 13,000 mark and the only all-rounder to do so.

Field setting of the day

With Philander inducing edge after edge there was no need for Graeme Smith to have many fielders anywhere apart from behind the bat. In Philander's fifth over, he had four slips and two gullies to form a fan of seven men including the wicket-keeper waiting for a catch. There was enough left-over for one in the covers and two on the leg-side just in case. It was not quite the nine men Australia had in umbrella formation against Zimbabwe but close enough.

Mis-field of the day

For New Zealand, 45 all out should have ignominious enough but they obviously wanted some more. Trent Boult was the guilty party twice when he allowed what should have been a single to slip through for four. Boult was at mid-on when Hashim Amla flicked a ball his way. He managed to dive over it as he attempted the pick-up and conceded an extra three. He was also at fine-leg when Alviro Petersen pulled and although the bounce was a little awkward, his handwork was even more so and again, he let a few more through.

Eventual milestone of the day

Alviro Petersen spent 16 balls in the nineties before he thought he got to three figures. After being beaten, cramped for room and playing too early off Chris Martin, Petersen seemed to have played the ball behind square for the single he needed to reach three-figures. The crowd started clap but Petersen was ambling through emotionless and the umpire signalled that the ball had come off the thigh pad for a leg-bye. A massive sigh followed. Two balls later, Petersen played to backward point - off the bat - and celebrated with a double pirouette to the all parts of the ground. Last year, Petersen scored a hundred in his comeback in the New Year's Test. He has begun this year with another century.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by Greatest_Game on (January 3, 2013, 7:50 GMT)

@ Safalicious. You forget 2 great South African batsmen with higher averages than Kallis. None other than Graeme Pollock has the second highest ever test average. Kallis is actually only number 11 on the all time list. Unfortunately, the minimum for the list is 20 innings, thus precluding Barry Richards whose career was cut short after 7 innings. Pollock's average at 60.97 is a major achievement. Barry Richards, after only 7 international innings, had an average of 72.57. Oh what might have been had Pollock and Richards had longer careers?

That said, Kallis still remains the greatest ever SA cricketer, and the only challenger to Sobers for the all time title!

Link to career averages list: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/282910.html

Posted by JM_RSA on (January 3, 2013, 7:18 GMT)

Congrats to Kallis, truly one of the greatest

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 22:19 GMT)

South Africa's greatest ever cricketer.

Posted by sirviv on (January 2, 2013, 21:19 GMT)

Best all rounder imo. Hope you play for many more years to come as healthily as possible.

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 19:13 GMT)

The amazing thing is that he is a all-rounder and yet scored thousands more runs than thousands of specialist batmen. How kool is that?

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