South Africa v New Zealand, 1st Test, Cape Town 1st day January 2, 2013

Kallis delights Newlands again

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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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  • Safalicious on January 3, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    What makes Kallis record so marked is when you consider the distance between him and the next SA players. He has been monumental for SA for so long, and while others have come and gone, he has been able to maintain this for so long. Of the top 50 batsmen, only Bradman, Hammond and Sobers have higher averages. That should put it in better context. He has no peer in the modern day, bar none.

  • Robster1 on January 3, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    Only Sobers is in the same class as Kallis, with Imran just short of them as the best all rounder ever. Indisputably King Kallis is SA's greatest ever. Enjoy him for the next few years. A quite fabulous player.

  • hst84 on January 2, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    Records always tend to knock on those doors who are focused in their approach, learn at every stage of their growing experience and stay honest and humble in their game-play. Well done Jacques Kallis to be the fastest player in terms of Test matches to amass 13000 Test match runs. Its good to see SA growing from strength to strength in the coming years with all the hard work and gameplay that they put in and show on the field..

  • 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

  • JM_RSA on January 3, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Congrats to Kallis, truly one of the greatest

  • on January 2, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    South Africa's greatest ever cricketer.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • Safalicious on January 3, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    What makes Kallis record so marked is when you consider the distance between him and the next SA players. He has been monumental for SA for so long, and while others have come and gone, he has been able to maintain this for so long. Of the top 50 batsmen, only Bradman, Hammond and Sobers have higher averages. That should put it in better context. He has no peer in the modern day, bar none.

  • Robster1 on January 3, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    Only Sobers is in the same class as Kallis, with Imran just short of them as the best all rounder ever. Indisputably King Kallis is SA's greatest ever. Enjoy him for the next few years. A quite fabulous player.

  • hst84 on January 2, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    Records always tend to knock on those doors who are focused in their approach, learn at every stage of their growing experience and stay honest and humble in their game-play. Well done Jacques Kallis to be the fastest player in terms of Test matches to amass 13000 Test match runs. Its good to see SA growing from strength to strength in the coming years with all the hard work and gameplay that they put in and show on the field..

  • 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

  • JM_RSA on January 3, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Congrats to Kallis, truly one of the greatest

  • on January 2, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    South Africa's greatest ever cricketer.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • on January 2, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    South Africa's greatest ever cricketer.

  • JM_RSA on January 3, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Congrats to Kallis, truly one of the greatest

  • 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

  • hst84 on January 2, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    Records always tend to knock on those doors who are focused in their approach, learn at every stage of their growing experience and stay honest and humble in their game-play. Well done Jacques Kallis to be the fastest player in terms of Test matches to amass 13000 Test match runs. Its good to see SA growing from strength to strength in the coming years with all the hard work and gameplay that they put in and show on the field..

  • Robster1 on January 3, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    Only Sobers is in the same class as Kallis, with Imran just short of them as the best all rounder ever. Indisputably King Kallis is SA's greatest ever. Enjoy him for the next few years. A quite fabulous player.

  • Safalicious on January 3, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    What makes Kallis record so marked is when you consider the distance between him and the next SA players. He has been monumental for SA for so long, and while others have come and gone, he has been able to maintain this for so long. Of the top 50 batsmen, only Bradman, Hammond and Sobers have higher averages. That should put it in better context. He has no peer in the modern day, bar none.