South Africa news December 25, 2013

Kallis to quit Tests after Durban

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Jacques Kallis, one of the game's greatest allrounders, will retire from Test cricket after the Boxing Day match against India. Kallis announced his decision on Wednesday, on the eve of the second Test against India, but stated that he would still like to play the 2015 World Cup for South Africa.

In a statement, Kallis said: "It wasn't an easy decision, with Australia around the corner and the success this team is enjoying, but I feel the time is right. I don't see it as goodbye, I still have a lot of hunger to push South Africa to that World Cup in 2015 if I am fit and performing. The last two years specifically have been a memorable journey with an exceptional group of cricketers. I am fortunate enough to have ended my Test career amongst a group of talented cricketers but, more importantly, friends whom I will cherish for years to come."

Kallis, who made his Test debut against England in December 1995, and has played 165 Tests, scoring 13174 runs at an average of 55.12, with 44 centuries and 58 half-centuries. He is currently fourth on the list of leading run-getters in Test cricket, and is also second on the list of batsmen with most Test centuries, apart from having scored the most runs for South Africa in Tests. Kallis' status as the pre-eminent allrounder of his era stemmed from his contributions as a bowler - 292 Test wickets at an average of 32.53 - and fielder, whose 199 catches ranks him only behind Rahul Dravid in the Test list. He has one more match to add to those numbers.

Batting has been the reason for questions surrounding Kallis' form. He last scored a century more than a year ago, in November 2012, against Australia in Brisbane. In 2013, he has scored just 194 runs with no hundreds - a first for Kallis in a calendar year - and only two half-centuries. He has been dismissed in single figures in five of his last seven innings, twice for a duck, and on four occasions playing across the line and being struck lbw.

On South Africa's recent visit to the UAE, Kallis had the leanest series of his career. He did not get into double figures once and did not take a single wicket either. Asked then whether there were concerns about how much longer Kallis would play, Graeme Smith had dismissed them. "He still has a great desire to play for South Africa," he said.

Kallis' struggles were brushed off as nothing more than rustiness after a long lay off. While most of the team hadn't played competitively for three months, Kallis was coming in from a much longer break that started when the IPL ended in May. South Africa did not play Test cricket in that time and Kallis, who initially made himself available for the Champions Trophy, withdrew from the squad citing personal reasons. He had not played fifty-over cricket for South Africa for 15 months at that stage, because of his workload management. He also played no part in the tour of Sri Lanka in August, in keeping with the policy of leaving him out of bilateral limited-overs series.

Kallis' wish to win a World Cup medal had not dimmed. So at the end of that month, after a meeting with new coach Russell Domingo, Kallis recommitted to the ODI squad. Domingo announced that Kallis would play in most of South Africa's ODIs in the lead-up to 2015, starting with the home series against India.

He played in the hastily organised home series against Pakistan and celebrated his comeback with a half-century. Kallis has turned out in three ODIs since then, sitting out of the dead-rubbers against both Pakistan and India, scoring 26 runs and claiming three wickets.

South Africa do not play any one-day cricket until next July against Zimbabwe, which means Kallis will disappear from the international arena for at least seven months after this Test. Following that, they have a five-match series against Australia and another five matches against West Indies at home before the 2015 World Cup.

If Kallis plays in all those matches, he will turn out 13 more times for South Africa before the tournament. That scarcity is something Russell Domingo, South Africa's coach, said the team would take some getting used to because Kallis has been a constant in the dressing room. "The impact Jacques has made on South African cricket has been immense, not just as a player but as a human being," Domingo said. "I'm not sure we will ever see another player of that stature very soon. Jacques' calmness, maturity and presence in the change room will sorely be missed and hopefully he will still be able to play a role in this team's success in the near future. He has ambitions of playing in the 2015 World Cup and it will be important for us to manage him accordingly so that he is in prime form leading into the tournament."

Haroon Lorgat, Cricket South Africa's chief executive, praised Kallis, calling him South African cricket's "Rock of Gibraltar". "He has been a stalwart for many years and South Africa's recent triumphs and greatness have been built around him. He is a legend and his statistics speak volumes," Lorgat said. "Jacques has been ever present for the Proteas in the past 18 years and it is fitting that his final Test should be on the same ground as the one on which he made his debut against England back in 1995."

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • POSTED BY Sanjiyan on | December 25, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    Over 2 Decades ago when i was in primary school(and later high school) we had a player who was astounding. He broke all school(and local) records at will. He was in our eyes the best cricketer we would ever hope to see.Our hero was the complete cricketer, he could bowl fast, bat long and was excellent in the field. After calling in a few favors our headmaster got this young lad a spot in the national scouting week. Our local hero came back a mortal. You see he had to contend with many many other players, which wasnt the problem, you see there was another allround diamond in the rough: J.H. Kallis. No matter what the skeptics say, you are one of the best ever to have graced the cricket field.Thanks for the memories Jacques. I wish with all my heart you guys can finally pull off that illusive world cup victory.

  • POSTED BY PSK_analyst on | December 25, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    Future generations will treat him more kindly and marvel at his statistics and style of play, no batsman had a better defence than Kallis in the game , no all rounder in the present age ever came close to rival his all round prowess. Here was a cricketer who could create an impact whatever the team was doing. I haven't seen Sobers but I get the feeling Kallis would be right alongside him in the greatest cricketers of the game. Kallis is a colossus , a supreme cricketer without an equal .Cricket is poorer without him , if Bradman was two batsmen rolled into one, Kallis was a great batsman and a frontline bowler rolled into one. His reputation will achieve stratospheric heights in the ages to come

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2013, 23:09 GMT

    Kallis is and will remain in my view the best and most technically correct white batsman I've ever seen.These are the reasons why. If you wanted or needed a guy to stick arround to either set up a match with runs to win it or to save one then Kallis would be it every time. If you are a cricket purist who just enjoys watching the art & craft of quality batting for long periods Kallis is the man you'd go to see. If you are a young cricketer making your way in the game and you want to bat with a perfect coaching manual techique then watch Kallis. If you want to work on your game to be the best you can be - by improving and maintaining your averages - & act on and off the field with class, grace, & humility then remember his all round contribution to & for the game. Finally if you want to achieve cricketing 'immortality' then think of Jacques Henry Kallis!!...as he quite simply has to go down as one of the greatest cricketers of any, of this, and of all time.

  • POSTED BY BradmanBestEver on | December 28, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    The best batsman of the past 20 years considering his bowling and fielding duties only made it more tiring on him when he was not batting.

    Sobers was better but Kallis and K. Miller were on a par

  • POSTED BY hakunamatata11 on | December 28, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    Whenever I contemplate my World Best Ever Eleven (come on, we've all done it) I have to break rank and have to have two all rounders. I can't separate Sobers from kallis and both deserve to be there.

  • POSTED BY mahjut on | December 27, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    Goodbye fella, given me some of my best memories of cricket!!!

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | December 27, 2013, 4:40 GMT

    easily south africas greatest player and arguably the greatest allrounder of all time probably along with sobers and miller. SA are going to struggle without him I think

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | December 27, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    smart, get out before mitch and company come over. all seriousness what an amazing player the fact that he averaged 55 for his career and was still bowling at age 38 is pretty unbelievable. south Africa's greatest

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | December 26, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    Agree with @Boytjie84 - Greatest cricketer of all time! The stats don't lie! He is to South Africa what Zaheer Khan and 10dulkar combined would be for India! Better than 2 world class players...

  • POSTED BY HonestyMatters on | December 26, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    It seems that Kallis' competencies were designed for the longer format with his skill and gamesmanship clearly tuned for tireless perseverance - being a workhorse he is. Considering that and the fact that being an all-rounder in ODIs - where the game has, in the recent times, changed to favor pure specialist bowlers and batsmen - Kallis should've called it a day on the ODIs and continued on with the longer one for a while. I believe its a strange predicament for SA to have him around in ODIs and "not exactly" use him as a specialist bowler while silently ruing a specialist in his spot. He fits into the t-shirt and yet does not wear it !

  • POSTED BY Sanjiyan on | December 25, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    Over 2 Decades ago when i was in primary school(and later high school) we had a player who was astounding. He broke all school(and local) records at will. He was in our eyes the best cricketer we would ever hope to see.Our hero was the complete cricketer, he could bowl fast, bat long and was excellent in the field. After calling in a few favors our headmaster got this young lad a spot in the national scouting week. Our local hero came back a mortal. You see he had to contend with many many other players, which wasnt the problem, you see there was another allround diamond in the rough: J.H. Kallis. No matter what the skeptics say, you are one of the best ever to have graced the cricket field.Thanks for the memories Jacques. I wish with all my heart you guys can finally pull off that illusive world cup victory.

  • POSTED BY PSK_analyst on | December 25, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    Future generations will treat him more kindly and marvel at his statistics and style of play, no batsman had a better defence than Kallis in the game , no all rounder in the present age ever came close to rival his all round prowess. Here was a cricketer who could create an impact whatever the team was doing. I haven't seen Sobers but I get the feeling Kallis would be right alongside him in the greatest cricketers of the game. Kallis is a colossus , a supreme cricketer without an equal .Cricket is poorer without him , if Bradman was two batsmen rolled into one, Kallis was a great batsman and a frontline bowler rolled into one. His reputation will achieve stratospheric heights in the ages to come

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2013, 23:09 GMT

    Kallis is and will remain in my view the best and most technically correct white batsman I've ever seen.These are the reasons why. If you wanted or needed a guy to stick arround to either set up a match with runs to win it or to save one then Kallis would be it every time. If you are a cricket purist who just enjoys watching the art & craft of quality batting for long periods Kallis is the man you'd go to see. If you are a young cricketer making your way in the game and you want to bat with a perfect coaching manual techique then watch Kallis. If you want to work on your game to be the best you can be - by improving and maintaining your averages - & act on and off the field with class, grace, & humility then remember his all round contribution to & for the game. Finally if you want to achieve cricketing 'immortality' then think of Jacques Henry Kallis!!...as he quite simply has to go down as one of the greatest cricketers of any, of this, and of all time.

  • POSTED BY BradmanBestEver on | December 28, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    The best batsman of the past 20 years considering his bowling and fielding duties only made it more tiring on him when he was not batting.

    Sobers was better but Kallis and K. Miller were on a par

  • POSTED BY hakunamatata11 on | December 28, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    Whenever I contemplate my World Best Ever Eleven (come on, we've all done it) I have to break rank and have to have two all rounders. I can't separate Sobers from kallis and both deserve to be there.

  • POSTED BY mahjut on | December 27, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    Goodbye fella, given me some of my best memories of cricket!!!

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | December 27, 2013, 4:40 GMT

    easily south africas greatest player and arguably the greatest allrounder of all time probably along with sobers and miller. SA are going to struggle without him I think

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | December 27, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    smart, get out before mitch and company come over. all seriousness what an amazing player the fact that he averaged 55 for his career and was still bowling at age 38 is pretty unbelievable. south Africa's greatest

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | December 26, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    Agree with @Boytjie84 - Greatest cricketer of all time! The stats don't lie! He is to South Africa what Zaheer Khan and 10dulkar combined would be for India! Better than 2 world class players...

  • POSTED BY HonestyMatters on | December 26, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    It seems that Kallis' competencies were designed for the longer format with his skill and gamesmanship clearly tuned for tireless perseverance - being a workhorse he is. Considering that and the fact that being an all-rounder in ODIs - where the game has, in the recent times, changed to favor pure specialist bowlers and batsmen - Kallis should've called it a day on the ODIs and continued on with the longer one for a while. I believe its a strange predicament for SA to have him around in ODIs and "not exactly" use him as a specialist bowler while silently ruing a specialist in his spot. He fits into the t-shirt and yet does not wear it !

  • POSTED BY on | December 26, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    Cricket has been enriched because a man such as him played the game. In an era where we have specialist batsmen and bowlers, the role of the all rounder has diminished. Gone are the days when Imran Khan, Kapil Dev, Ian Botham and Richard Hadlee changed the course of a game with either bat or ball and often both. Kallis demonstrated that it was possible to do both effectively and for that he will be remembered fondly. For being a gentleman who played the game with grace, he will have enduring respect and admiration.

  • POSTED BY Down_d_Wkt on | December 26, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    Greatest all rounder ever to have played the game.A legend and a complete cricketer.Its easy to believe that SA was playing 2 men named Kallis,one a skilled bowler and the other a class batsmen,than to believe that one player with superhuman skills scored over 13,000 runs,44 100's and also took close to 300 wickets.I salute this legend!My favorite player.The greatest this great game has ever seen!

  • POSTED BY on | December 26, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    To all South Africans I simply say this:- 'The Madiba of World Cricket'..!!!

  • POSTED BY Seanny on | December 26, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    I am an Indian and an avid fan of Sach, Dravid and Laxman; but on honest terms I have deep and immense respect for this grt, including most of the Indians I am sure; for me he has been a true loyal servant to the game and I regard him as the greatest, complete cricketer to have ever played, no Sobers, no Beefy no one but king Kallis...Frankly despite of being on the lowest note of his career, I hadn't expected him to bow out, rather I thought he's gonna bounce back as he always does, ppl and critics have often termed him as the most boring batsman but I am sure they never had an iota of the understanding of the dynamics of the game; for he still holds the record for fastest fifty in tests and his T20 reincarnation has certainly shown what this legend is capable of, penning down with my hats off and a bow to the greatest cricketer and wishin him to fulfill his WC dream for RSA....PS: thanks King Kallis, for not breaking Sachin's test record, am little nationalistic as well..

  • POSTED BY Boytjie84 on | December 26, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    Greatest cricketer of all time! The stats don't lie! He is to South Africa what Zaheer Khan and Dravid combined would be for India! Better than 2 world class players....that's how good he is! It really is hard to comprehend and he will be sorely missed by everyone. Mr Cricket!

  • POSTED BY on | December 26, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    Mr Tendulkar is lucky to retain his Test Record!

  • POSTED BY ZCFOutkast on | December 26, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    Goodbye Jacques! Thanks for your service to the Proteas. You will be missed in the Test side. Don't think you should have stayed for the ODIs. Anyway, what this does do though is buy a lot of time for Smith if he were to ever have a dip in form. CSA won't risk losing two seniors in a short space of time. Another thing this does is set the perfect trap for Smith&CSA to be exposed. What excuse will they have next series for keeping Tsolekile out of the XI one wonders.... Smith(c), Alviro, Amla, AB, Faf, JP, Tsolekile(wk), Philander, Steyn, Morkel, Leie

  • POSTED BY on | December 26, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    A pity the great man is retiring. But it was expected as Kallis was no delivering as per potential But not understood why the obsession of people with the timing of Sachin's retirement. Sachin has unfairly been targetted for chasing records, though the coach of Kallis has also gone on record a few months back that Kallis is eyeing records of Sachin.

    Let us not make gods out of individuals. Let us salute a legend, wish him all the best and let life go on.

  • POSTED BY Ind.fools on | December 26, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    King Kallis..I am gonna miss you more than anyone..Its been 15 yrs that i've started to watch cricket and he is the reason i watched cricket till now. I am feeling very sad that this has come as a shock. I've prayed for his success in each match and i've cherrised his success all these years. He is truly a legend. A complete allrounder. A genius.A Gem. Cricket world will miss your services and gentleman ship. I wish you would played couple of years more. This decison of yours shows that you are not after the records that most of other cricketers looks to achieve. you could have easily overcome dravid,ponting and sachin record...The game of cricket will not be same without you..A SALUTE FROM YOUR DIE HARD FAN FOR LAST 15 YEARS...

  • POSTED BY prairiedog on | December 26, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    Buster46 go and watch Aussie rule football, its about your level. Comment from the West Australian re the up and coming test Kallis and West Indies great Garfield Sobers are considered the best two allrounders of all time and Michael Clarke's men will be thankful they don't have to face the 38-year-old early next year.

  • POSTED BY prairiedog on | December 26, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    Have just seen the news, so sad. Thanks for all you gave to SA Cricket not only with your fantastic ability as one of the best all-rounder's of all time but as example to the youth. You will be greatly missed. So glad I was able to watch your craftsmanship in action at Newlands so many time. Enjoy your retirement - you have earned it.

  • POSTED BY Rodc on | December 26, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    I have not seen sir gary sobers play but in the last 30years i have seen a lot of players playing this game.From Ian botham to abdul razzak ,a lot of allrounder came but kallies was undoubtedly the best allrounder of our time.

  • POSTED BY Bruster64 on | December 26, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    Never made a significant contribution v Australia averaged 41 with the bat and 37 with the ball these a stats for run of the mill players only played in eight winning matches v Australia . He also averaged very poorly v England , yes he was a good player but to call him goat is an insult to Sir Donald Bradman who is clearly the greatest ever . How many winning teams did Kallis play in ?

  • POSTED BY on | December 26, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    absolute shocker of a news......undoubtedly greatest cricketer of our generation and possibly of all times......

  • POSTED BY on | December 26, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    With the Retirement of Sir Jacques Kallis there ends an era of Sachins,Ponting,Laraetc............

    He ends the golden era of world cricket

    He ends the era of classic cricket

    He will be in our hearts not as a cricketer but as a True Gentlemen of True Cricket

  • POSTED BY Philippe on | December 26, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    I think Kallis is the second most loved cricketer across the globe after sachin of India. Another sad moment when you feel that something is going away from the game. I think such feelings one can only associate with Lara, Sachin & Kallis.... None else... Ponting Dravid & others all have fans in their own territories not world wide... God bless real legends. Good luck for future.

  • POSTED BY on | December 26, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    Ponting,Hussey,Dravid,Laxman,Sachin & now Kallis.Whole class from test cricket got retired within span of 2 years.

  • POSTED BY Down_d_Wkt on | December 26, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    Greatest all rounder ever to have played the game.A legend and a complete cricketer.Its easy to believe that SA was playing 2 men named Kallis,one a skilled bowler and the other a class batsmen,than to believe that one player with superhuman skills scored over 13,000 runs,44 100's and also took close to 300 wickets.I salute this legend!My favorite player.The greatest this great game has ever seen!

  • POSTED BY Venkiviru on | December 26, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    Salute to one of the most complete cricketers !! Though could have beaten both sachins records in tests for runs and centuries

  • POSTED BY Humdingers on | December 26, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    Did not see this coming for at least another 1-2 years. The last of the great batsmen of this era (Tendulkar, Dravid, Ponting, Lara) and without doubt the greatest all rounder considering the sheer volume of numbers he racked up. Congrats on a fantastic career. Tendulkar can sleep soundly for a few more years now RE: his 100's record!

  • POSTED BY bvnathan on | December 26, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    Great All-Rounder of the modern times. It is foolish to compare him with the likes of Sobers, or any other all-rounder of different era. Sobers is ultimate and unparallel, as he was one player who could mold into various roles as per the requirements of the team, batsman, fast bowler, spin bowler, fieldsman etc. @Charindra Chandrasena - please stop comparing Sachin etc. and get over the mindset, as the player has retired and hung-up his boots. Be happy that we lived in a period, where we could cherish, enjoy the best from the players of different team who brought intensity during their playing career. Cheers

  • POSTED BY marubini on | December 26, 2013, 0:55 GMT

    Oh my god wat is this news I'm hearing I'm cryng tears of sadness the greatest ever cricketer.will we see onother one like him ever?I doubt,is n end of an era for the great.

  • POSTED BY on | December 26, 2013, 0:08 GMT

    I suppose it was coming but I had hoped Jacques would recover enough batting form to play against Australia in Feb/Mar and end up as the second highest scorer of test runs. When he first appeared on the Test scene he was not much of a bowker but i told my wife back then that Kalis was the only man in cricket who would pass Border's record of over 11000 runs. He did far more than that. But now it looks as though he will retire 4th on the list of all-time batsmen but the most important player of the past 15 years.,

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 23:38 GMT

    Feel like my childhood has been taken away! I remember starting to watch the game when I was about 9 yrs old (1999 WC). Fell in love with the SA team and one J.H. Kallis. I even had my first email id named after him! Cannot believe this man has sustained sucess for 18 years! Bowling at a fast clip , taking crucial wickets and batting top of the order and being a great slip fielder. Can you really ask for more ? This man was cricket. Thank you Jacques for all the memories. In my mind , the best player of my generation.

  • POSTED BY wikkey-pedia on | December 25, 2013, 23:16 GMT

    My favourite cricketer of all time. A true ambassador for the game and our country. I do however feel a little bitter that a few squabbling administrators and petty politicians have robbed JHK from completing his test career under the shadow of Table Mountain. Jacques would have ended his career after this series which should have finished with the New Year's Test in Cape Town. (An institution in South Africa.) How fitting that Cape Town's favourite son would have completed his marathon innings in front of his adoring Newlands faithful, but alas.

  • POSTED BY Former_SJCC on | December 25, 2013, 23:02 GMT

    An absolutely great cricketer. even though i am an indian i thought this guy was one of the greatest talents in world cricket. just look at his average and when you realize that majority of his career was played on spicy pitches you realize that he is so much better than the sub continent greats and add his bowling and wow...wish him all the best in all his endeavors, just hope that he motivates kids to take up fast bowling rather than just be a spinning alrounder.

  • POSTED BY willsrustynuts on | December 25, 2013, 22:55 GMT

    Legend. Absolute legend. Brilliant!

  • POSTED BY RameshRayaprolu on | December 25, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    A complete cricketer, I would term him as SUPERMAN of cricket ! nothing that he cannot do on the field. expert of all....and had a great career throughout..except for the last one year... All the best to Jacques...may you have a wonderful life ahead...

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | December 25, 2013, 22:27 GMT

    I thought he play another 20 test. May be his body giving up.

  • POSTED BY SudhirVarma. on | December 25, 2013, 22:22 GMT

    The game has known only two true all-rounders, and Kallis falls just behind Sir Sobers on that exclusive list. All other 'great all-rounders' like Botham, Hadlee, Imran, Miller and Kapil - as good as they're - couldn't have walked into their national sides just as a batsman; hence they' cannot be classified as true all-rounders.

  • POSTED BY rickyvoncanterbury on | December 25, 2013, 22:20 GMT

    there have been better batsman and better bowlers but in my time no better cricketer.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 21:45 GMT

    I watched you on TV play for WP in the pub in Wellington near Cape Town. I saw you bat and thought you'd play for the Proteas soon. I watched you struggle in your first few Tests, but soon you started scoring runs. And score some more, and scored many more. It is awesome tht you still bowl at the pace you bowl today, after 18 years of Test cricket. 44 hundreds, a few more 50's, all those slip catches and all the wickets you took. Your stats tell the story - the story of The Cricketer Of All Time. The Best Cricketer of all time. They mention you with Sobers, Botham and the likes. But you are in a class of your own. Jacques Henry Kallis - Living Legend. Scored more runs in Test cricket than Brian Lara - a specialist batsman. It was awesome watching you all these years. I applauded hundreds at Newlands, cheered you on on TV, watched you on cricinfo live commentary. And now - its the end. I salute you J H Kallis - because there shall never be another you.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 21:43 GMT

    every one gonna talk of his cricket and talent and status.but i'm gonna tell the other side of Jacques kallis .recently,i met him in abu dhabi after the first test,with the painting i made to wish him on his birthday.i wanted to have his sign on it.though he was in training ,came to me and ask my name and give me what i wanted.the greatest ever all rounder of history is the most humble person than his status.thank you jacques what have you given to the world.wish you all the best in your future and still we are lucky enough to see your stance few more time.

  • POSTED BY the_blue_android on | December 25, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    The mighty Indian bowling attack sinks another titanic! just kidding!! He should have gone on to beat SRT's record for most tests. It's unfortunate(fortunate) that the SA set up will not carry players just to reach milestones unlike India.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | December 25, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    A great cricketer, one of the titans of the game. He gave SA a reliable #3 and a more than useful 4th seamer for 18 years. His statistics are staggering and SA built the side around him.

    A once-in-a-generation cricketer.

  • POSTED BY kallisalles on | December 25, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    South Africa says farewell to the finest cricketer they have produced, a true great that has been a colossus for SA in all formats of the game over a sustained period - close on 2 decades now. Saddens me that for the most part SA doesn't t realize what they have lost, a cricketing genius that with respect to messrs Tendulkar, Ponting etc.with all the fanfare they received, don't come close to. Jacque this will be the first and last comment I make on this forum, stuff the stats, you called it tine on your own terms. Would loved to say goodbye at Newlands, but hey, that's the hubris of a certain dominant nation for you. Legend, give 'em carrots at Kingsnead.

  • POSTED BY Sharo0nGill on | December 25, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    The greatest all-round cricketer after the incomparable Sir Gary Sobers..you will be missed Sir Kallis,.. and as Hanif Muhammad said about Sir Gary..that he was sent by GOD to play cricket, you make it next to him in the line.. thank you for the entertainment..love form Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    I remember d catch he took of afridi in sharjah dat is my memory of a class fielder other Dan his batting n bowling

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    Undoubtedly the greatest all rounder....salute to u SIR... We all will miss u

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | December 25, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    WHAT A GREAT SA PLAYER KALLIS HAS BEEN!!! Three oldies were left in world cricket :- Sachin, Kallis and Chanderpaul - only one remains now. That is Chanderpaul. Hunger and team position are important these days. With so many young players waiting, these oldies can tell when their time is up. When they are no longer contributing. Its nice KALLIS will leave the game whilst playing on home soil. There is no doubt that De Kock waits his turn to get into the TEST side. indian fan.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    I remember d catch he took if afridi at sharjah dat was one hell of a catch

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | December 25, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    A legend and arguably, the greatest allrounder of all time!!

    This guy has to be the ultimate player and one whom, you cannot replace even after a century.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    The greatest cricketer of all times has decided to leave the test arena. Jack Kallis has been an inspiration to so many for over decades. I grew up watching him playing for SA & now it will never happen again. No wonder the fans & your team will miss you Jack but who will miss you most will be the game itself because there has never been a player except you who can just do it at any time either with the bat or with the ball. A batsman can make runs, a bowler can take wickets but they can't deliver when they are on the opposite role but whenever your team needed you were there to respond because you are neither a batsman nor a bowler you are a complete cricketer. Hats-off to you.

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | December 25, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    Will go down as one of the games greatest players, I thought he would at least go one more test series to try to play in a series victory against Australia at home as he has yet to experience that.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    I am still in shock. I expected this after Aus series, but not now! I haven't watched much of Sobers, but if he was better than Kallis he must have been absolutely superhuman. Plus Sobers had to deal with mostly Test cricket and some ODIs. Kallis has played tests and ODIs for 18 years as SA's best batsman and a front line bowler in a much more competitive environment. He has to be the most underrated player in the world, and he would probably get a lot more credit if he sledged and acted in an attention seeking manner. This is a good example for people like Sachin, who hung on for two years on borrowed time for personal records.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    A gentleman/cricketer these days is a rarity but Kallis embodies it well. He played the game in its true spirit, was not involved in controversies and he let his performances on the field do the talking. Kallis leaves as a legend and at a time when we are looking for genuine heroes he is the real deal. Best wishes from cricket lovers everywhere, especially your many fans in the West Indies.

  • POSTED BY 2nd_Slip on | December 25, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    Greatest cricketer of the modern era, they just don't come as complete as Mr King Kallis. We will miss you Kallis they just don't them like you anymore, big loss for world cricket.

  • POSTED BY AamirKhan-SuperStar on | December 25, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    Farewell, Most valued test cricketer in the world- Absolutely great player, highest respect for him. No words can describe what a player like him could bring to a team in any format. Lance Klusner, Shaun Pollock and Jacques Kallis are the breed of cricketers that only SA could produce. Even though Kallis will be around in the shorter version for a while he will be missed in the format in which he is the most valued player in Cricketing world.

  • POSTED BY Nouman_JK on | December 25, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    Jacques Kallis is that one of a kind player who could bat prodigiously and score tons of runs, who could bowl artfully and break partnerships, who could be the ever safe hands with some of those excellent catches. An unique cricketer who came in a package of multiple talents. I think no other player was, will be and can be as complete as JK has been. There shall never be another Jacques Kallis. I have been his avid fan for so many years. He will be dearly missed by me. Wish him well in his retirement. Thank you Jacques Kallis !

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    Absolutely gutted, Kallis has been my favorite cricketer since forever :( What kind of Christmas gift is this Jacques, hmm? Truthfully, was kind of expecting this announcement soon, but not on Christmas. Anyway, Jacques, thank you for the privilege of watching you be a rock and anchor for South Africa so many times; for carrying the South African cricket lovers' hopes and dreams on your shoulders so often. He will be sorely missed in Test cricket here in SA, but I suppose he would know it's his time to step down. Hope he does achieve his dream of bringing the world cup home in 2015, and hope he gets a triple ton in this last test :).

  • POSTED BY Haz95 on | December 25, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    End of the career who I personally think is the greatest allrounder ever, past Botham, Imran and even Garfield....Making him the greatest cricketer ever...

  • POSTED BY rezauk on | December 25, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    Well I was goiing to look up the stats of Mr Kallis then thought what's the point you know a good player when you see one. My memories of JK were firstly how technical a batsman he was. That alone gurantees you fifty at test level but the big hundreds are all down to discipline and mentality. JK was dogged but also was able to attack be it pace or quality spin. He also was a fabulous bowler as his test record shows and was able to bowl quickly at times and accurately to get wickets which was obviously aided by top qualiity fielding. Finally talking of fielding he was a pretty safe pair of hands in the close fielding cauldron. All things considered I'm having trouble thinking of a better all rounder (technical) in our modern era of cricket. Congratulations to a fabulous player (Pakistani supporter)

  • POSTED BY cricketeria on | December 25, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    Kallis is a true great of the game. I only wish he could have stuck around another couple of years and break Sachin's runs and centuries record.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    We miss very promising player. Our all good wishes for him.

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | December 25, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    It's difficult to imagine South African test side without Kallis. What a legendary all rounder he has been. Indeed the best allrounder I must say.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | December 25, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    I am not a conspiracy theorist. I believe the truth is inevitably self evident. I however find it impossible to believe that this was simply Kallis' decision, and believe that the media and CSA pushed him out. Kallis would have wanted to retire after a Newlands test, which he could have done during Australia's tour. For him not to retire at Newlands is unimaginable. Something is wrong here.

    Something stinks about this - the smell of a take it or leave it "deal." Either Kallis saying "it you insist on 'resting' me for tests then I might as well stop playing tests," or CSA saying "if you retire now we will let you play the 2015 World cup." Of course that won't happen now anyway. No way will they play him. This is the last we will see of the King. It is also possibly the last Proteas game I will watch. I feel sick.

    He is 8 wickets away from 300, 114 runs behind Dravid.,204 runs behind Ponting. 11 catches behind Dravid. He has reason to want, and get, those records. Somethings wrong!

  • POSTED BY i-s-r-a-r on | December 25, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    There goes the last of the great all rounders. There might not ever be another one ever of this sheer class. Thank you for everything Jacques Henry Kallis. You will always be my favorite cricketer of all time.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    I have participated in all the Kallis blogs & forums on this site; my opinion(s) amongst other regular contributors - fans and critics alike - are possibly well known and remembered but I feel I don't need to add anything further about what I think of the man other than to say his decision - deservedly on his own terms - speaks volumes about the esteem he is held in by SA and world cricket - ABSOLUTE CLASS!!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    You knew it. He was feeling tired and unlike himself in the last test. Even in the recent IPL matches he looked tired after bowling a few overs. This is the right time to groom Theron. He could have played as a.batsman and bowled rarely. But at 38 he feels it. Maybe he could have played one more year...till 2015 and retire totally. A great batsman. A fine allrounder. Thanks and good luck. Maybe SA would want to send him with a win.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    Cricket will miss you Jack. You are one of the legends of this game.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    I think Vilander (provided he could be fit very long), must be promoted to his place. He has a great potential.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | December 25, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    End of an era in South African Cricket. Very sad news. He is the most complete cricketer of this generation, hands down. He single handedly denied India a series win last time when we toured South Africa, playing through intense pain. That's him - A great fighter and never say die attitude. He is right up there with the best in the batting department. And his bowling, though not as sharp as his batting, played its part in making the opposition sweat it out. I honestly don't remember him dropping even a single catch. The perfect Ambassador for cricket. It is sad to see him show some dissent in the 2nd inning of the previous test. Apart from that, his career has been spotless, IMO. He will be dearly missed by me. I understand that he badly wants that WC medal but I hope India denies him that, just the way he denied us a series win the last time we toured SA. All the best to Kallis in his future endeavours and I hope he spends quality time with his family. Take a bow, King Kallis!

  • POSTED BY theCricketPurist on | December 25, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    There shall be many more all rounders...There shall be many more cricketing greats...But there shall never be another Jacques Kallis.

    RESPECT!

  • POSTED BY roook on | December 25, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    kallis like player are hard to find only one in history has exceptional record like him Sir Garry Sobers

  • POSTED BY PACERONE on | December 25, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Kallis is a great player for his time.I don't want to start comparing different eras.One great allrounder started as a bowler not as a batsman like Kallis and opened both bowling and batting in his time.The wickets were uncovered and there was no helmets.We will never know how these players of today would cope if wickets were left uncovered or no helmets were allowed.You see batsmen getting hit on the helmet today and they wear all the protective gear. Imagine facing Lindwall and Miller...Thompson and Lillee without protective gear.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | December 25, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    A truly distinguished career. True all-rounders are a DYING breed and sadly, Kallis may be the LAST of them. A fine cricketer and a soft spoken human being. His achievements are often overlooked to other greats but he is no less compared to any of them. Dear Jacques, I wish you well in retirement and I hope you continue to play well for SA in limited overs cricket and for the KKR in the IPL. It was a pleasure to watch you in action in test cricket. God bless.

  • POSTED BY saqd on | December 25, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    one of the greatest or for me greatest cricketer in the world...in both formats of game..will miss him...want to c him play 2015 World Cup for SA.....

  • POSTED BY ambrosefan on | December 25, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Unsung hero. He is the best test batsman i have seen in last 25 years.In my opinion he was ahead of sachin and lara. Best of luck mate. I hope you retire after winning the world cup for your country.

  • POSTED BY niazbhi on | December 25, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    It is not easy to pick best test batsman between Sachin, Lara and Kallis. If I had to pick one, I would pick Kallis. He could play as a specialist bowler. Unfortunately his presence in ODI or T20 is helping south africa. Strike rate has become so important that his batting is not helping in the shorter form(specially SA has many good hitters). McLaren, Philander and other bowling allrounders can do better in scoring a quick 20 instead of a slow 40. I can be wrong, Kallis may change his batting style (it would be interesting to see if he can do it).

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    Kallis is above Lara, sachin, ponting & dravid

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    Jacques Kallis is the greatest South African cricketer of all time and should be allowed to be remembered as such.

    However, he has been permitted to pick and choose when he is available to play and this should never have been permitted. He plays no club or provincial franchise cricket and is always being sent home to "rest" in the hope of "extending his Test career". His lack of competitive cricket has resulted in loss of form which, combined with his age and general lack of fitness, explains his recent batting slump. Mollycoddling him has had the opposite effect from what was envisaged and has actually hastened his Test retirement!!!

    Over the past year or so he has looked vulnerable against both in-swinging and short-pitched bowling. I feel that he is retiring at the right time as the Aussie pace bowling battery would have found him out. The sight of this once great batsman being intimidated by the likes of Johnson and Harris would have been an undignified curtain call.

  • POSTED BY Waves239 on | December 25, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    During my third standard I noticed this champion player first time scoring unbeaten hundred against Srilanka in ICC knock out trophy 1998 which South Africa went on winning and Kallis named player of the series. From then I followed most of his career, one heck of a player from opposition point of view.

    Top order batsmen comfortable in all conditions, genuine wicket taking bowler who can consistently click 135 kph and last but not the least fantastic slip fielder. I don't like to compare players of different era and having not seen the likes of rated all-rounders named Sobers, Botham, Imran, Kapil play but I am sure Kallis would have made them proud and raised the bar for next gen.

    One of the all time greats blessed to play this sport, will be in my playing XI on any given day, irrespective of pitch and conditions.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    The greatest all rounders all had their unique abilities...none of them were a regular no.3/4 batsman.Thus Kallis is up there with the greatest of them...none of the brilliant all rounders could bowl at around 140 at 38 years of age and his longevity makes him unique..it will take a long time before we appreciate his giant contribution...i just hope this is not a declining phase for S.A cricket...the wheel turns so fast nowadays.

  • POSTED BY sheenu on | December 25, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    It is indeed sad to see Jacques retire from test cricket. He is undoubtedly one of the best (if not the best) all-rounders that cricket has seen. It is his decision, and we all should respect that. Wish you all the very best Jacques in whatever you do in the future.

  • POSTED BY CricFanKrish on | December 25, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Even as a specialist bowler, Zak is at 299 Test wickets. And Jacques, as an allrounder is at 292 Test wickets. Ok he played longer than Zak, but Zak never had any potential with the bat. This shows what a fantastic all-rounder Jacques is.

    I still remember Jacques was in his early career when they toured Australia. I don't remember the exact Test match, but Jacques scored a lone hand with his first Test century. He either improved his side's total or probably stood tall with the others falling around him. I knew at that moment that this was a guy who would go on to become one of the game's greatest batsmen. What I did not expect is for him to become such a great all-rounder. Genius!

    For all your contribution to cricket, we will miss you hugely Jacques Kallis! Thank you for all the fantastic cricketing moments you treated us to which we will fondly remember for ever. Wish you luck for the rest of your life!

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    I'm struggling to come to terms with this news. Jaques, I feel it's too soon and I hope the decision can be revisited.

    Having said that, to talk of his retirement is quite an emotional one. Cricket really does weave it's way into your DNA over time, you get attached to players, teams and rivalries. none more so than that of Jaques Kallis. An elegant cover drive, a cheeky upper cut for 6 over long off - these were shots of legend, shots I'll never forget. I have been glued to Jaques' cricketing career and to think it will all be over soon is unfathomable.

    I truly believe this decision is a hasty one, as he still oozes class, still has the respect of every other cricketer around, can still bowl decently and could still walk into any national 11 anywhere in the world - why Jaques why. If he could see this message - I'd say, go for a 2 more years please. There are still plenty of 100's to come and still plenty of fierce encounters. I will miss this.

    JH KALLIS - Crickets Ambassador

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 25, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    Kallis's Number one fan from Pakistan. You were truly one of the best order all rounder in the world

  • POSTED BY hst84 on | December 25, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    One of the greatest all-rounders in the history of the game, Jacques Kallis has proved himself as a ever so consistent batsmen, a bowler who can still bowl at 140k's per hour and one of the best fielder with his sublime catching skills. Moreover, his overall personality depicted humility, dedication and devotion to his game. Our earnest desire to see Kallis playing till the World Cup 2015 and help SA achieve high accolades. Will definitely miss him !!

  • POSTED BY Sarangarajan on | December 25, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    Perhaps the greatest all rounder we have seen of modern times..People may say Sobers.But Kallis has been an unsung hero in the modern era.What a batsman he is- a very good seamer and a very, very reliable slip fielder. Kallis you gave us pure cricketing pleasure whenever you played.Jack you had been a superb Cricketer- a perfect all rounder.Wishing you all the best in wherever you do after Cricket.

  • POSTED BY Gt500 on | December 25, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    I'm Australian who's favourite all time player is the KING . KING KALLIS. I hope he hits 4 more sixes (6) in his last test , which will give kallis the record for THE MOST SIXES IN TEST HISTORY.Underrated as a powerful hitter, 1 more catch for 200 , 8 more wickets for 300. During the World Cup in '99 opening the bowling was bowling at 93plus miles per hour - serious pace for a guy with 44 test hundreds & 13000 plus runs.over the years I've watch RSA just to see Kallis .All the best Jacques from your no1 fan.. (I hope RILEE ROSSOUW gets an opportunity.)

  • POSTED BY LongLiveTestCricket on | December 25, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    Blunting the best of pace/spin attacks with a perfectly correct technique, going without playing a single false stroke in marathon knocks, scoring 100s in the most challenging crisis situations, fighting for the team despite severe body pain, one of the safest slip catchers to have ever played the game- all these epitomise the legend of Jacques Kallis in the best possible manner.Despite not liking SA team much, Kallis won my heart with his stupendous application on the cricket field and I'll remember him as one of the most complete test batsmen to have played the game.Hats off to this legend!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    Jacques Kallis and Garry Sobers the greatest allrounders of all time.

  • POSTED BY anton1234 on | December 25, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    Let's hope somehow he takes the 8 wickets he needs and ends with 300 career scalps. Should have played against the Aussies and finished off the entire summer. This way he would have reached the 300 and bid farewell in such a high profile series, especially given Australia are looking back to somewhere near their best. Although India is second in rankings, the Aussies are in fact better than them and vying for the top spot with SA. Whoever wins the February series will be the best, for me.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    Good luck Kallis in your decision... I will miss you... from an Aussie....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    why do cricketers have to retire. this is a question which I always ask when I see great players like sachin and kallis

  • POSTED BY pvr726 on | December 25, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    Is it possible for him to make 8 more wickets in this one test to reach that 300? Even without round figures, he is still the most complete cricketer ever, no doubt about it.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    end of an era..................

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    one of the greatest all rounders ever produced in the field of gentlemen game...... (we love you jack.....)

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    The Greatest allrounder of our times!!! A true legend!!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Jacque Kallis is in my view the greatest all rounder the cricket has ever seen. Kallis stats in test cricket are better than Sobers so that makes him best player after SRT200. Bradman and then Kallis. He also scored 2nd most 100s and has one of the best text book batting style. There was one time when it was literary impossible to get Kallis out. He is very good test bowler too. His avarage of 32 is as good as england best bowler anderson and broad that means he was top bowler. I am not counting his ODI and T2020 achievements because he is still playing. Best of luck to Kallis and i will miss him a lot along with SRT200.

  • POSTED BY Beazle on | December 25, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Fine all rounder but not a brilliant matchwinner like Sobers.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    Another one of the world's best has called it quits . Kallis has given us years of skill on the field of play . I do wish you well in life after TEST cricket .

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    Jacques...You been a great ambassador of cricket...

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    He is a great player!!! Thanks for memories and good luck!!!

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | December 25, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    Kallis is a legend of the game and will be missed. Good luck Kallis and thanks for the memories.

  • POSTED BY OttawaRocks on | December 25, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    Good decision by Kallis because test cricket statistics show that elite players of his calibre (such as Lara, Tendulkar etc) generally have their production drastically fall off once they pass the age of 37 years. Specifically, there is a huge drop off in the number of centuries that they are able to produce. There are very few exceptions such as Dravid scoring 3 quality centuries against England in England when he was 39. However, generally the number of centuries produced falls like a lead zeppelin and of those that are produced, they tend to be against weak opposition and/or in favourable conditions (home tests).

  • POSTED BY Vikramaditya100 on | December 25, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    Truly privileged to watch him play.....Hope he wins the WC in 2015....

  • POSTED BY WCIndia2011 on | December 25, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    Kallis to quit Tests after Durban..!! We saw it coming, didin't we..?! SAD but TRUE.

    A complete Cricketer..! One of the few Gentleman Cricketers of our era. Seriously, he played like a Champ. Everything he did on a cricket field certainly gave joy to every cricket lover. As Sachin Tendulkar has been regarded the best player after DON, in my opinion Kallis surely gets the place of top all-rounder after Sir Garry, if not the first.

    As a fan of Sachin I always felt that he should not stop playing ODIs till he wins us that WC which he finally won in 2011. I hope same for the Kallis. I mean he deserves this. He has been a part of a special team and has served that country for so many years with quality performances that he should get a chance for a final shot towards that illusive WC.

    I am Indian and will be defending WC in 2015... but this time I will play for Kallis if he gets selected in the squad which I hope he should. Wish You all the very Best, Kallis..!!

  • POSTED BY Arrow011 on | December 25, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    How is Kallis the greatest allrounder? He took way less than 2 wickets per test, at the most he was a batsman who can bowl. Kallis was branded as selfish by Kumble & Ray Jennings (former south african coach) when he was playing for RCB, he got the boot for playing too slow. He was bought over by KKR. Comparing him with god of cricket "Sachin" is absurd. Even south african fans do not crowd a venue in their own country to watch Kallis, how can he be even remotely compared to the crowd pullers like Lara & Sachin who are full of class? Many times South Africa & RCB lost matches duee to Kallis's slow scoring rates. He never dominated any legendary bowler like Sachin smacked Warne or anything like that. He went on collecting numbers, a work horse at the most.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    Jack Kallis to play until 2015 to bring world cup to SA..

    I'm afraid, he'll be doing a Sachin Tendulkar.

    1. He would be 40 by then and even if one catch dropped could prove costly for SA..

    2. His reflexes are bound to go down no matter whether cricket pundits wax it eloquent or not..

    3. It's an young man's game every established player has to move on at some point in time. Early the better as it would save cricket at large..

    Btw, I'm an Indian fan and I strongly criticized Sachin Tendulkar too, in my blog, for claiming immortality, at the expense of India. Remember, India lost Asia cup and was beaten by Bangladesh, for the master chose to make his 100th 100.

    Cricketing heroes should make their country & countrymen proud, not slip into ignominy..

  • POSTED BY Kulaputra on | December 25, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    Thank you Jakes for all the entertainment. SA team will not be the same without you. Thanks for all the stuff you did for Bangalore when you played here. Enjoyed the camaraderie that Mark Boucher and you showed on the field as well. In fact loved the jibes you gave Boucher !!!

  • POSTED BY wernbrian on | December 25, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    Dear Kallis, please don't quit till you get 300 test wickets. Its only 1 more series away.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    I don't think it's the best of Kallis's decisions. The team needs him in tests more than ODIs and his style of play is more apt for longer versions of the game. He's a player with good technique and his vast experience could have served South Africa for a couple of years more. 2015 WC could have been an exception of his retirement then.

  • POSTED BY aahahaa on | December 25, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    proper shocker. why now?

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    Too bad! Kallis was the star of the south african test batting line up. he was my favorite

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    We are going to miss another legend. Yes sachin, pointing, and now kallis. Kallis is something special. A all rounder but he is best in bat and ball.

  • POSTED BY shiva89 on | December 25, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    he is not only legend but legend of legends. greatest all rounder ever and a humble sportsman. Thanks for the memories and contribution to cricket. respect from ur ever admiring fan from India.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    Good luck J Kallis we going to miss you dearly.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    truly a gr8 cricketer !!! Good luck !!

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    its high time for him to retire from test.As an Indian supporter, I admire Kallis with all my heart. tremendous cricketer.My favourite cricketer of all time.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    How awesome would it be if The King could get 8 wickets over the course of this next test! Farewell to our greatest ever cricketer! You will be missed, you will always be loved!

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    This is the most saddest moment so far in my life when i heared the news of retirement of kallis from test.actually i was a fan of sa(no i am a fan of king kallis) because of kallis.i thought he will play test cricket at least two more year.i could not imagine sa cricket without kallis.i am unable to describe his impact in my life.Hopefully he will get a magnificant fare well from cricket sa.good bye kallis.kallis i do not know why i will watch sa match ?????THANK YOU KALLIS FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION IN SOUTH AFRICAN CRICKET..........

  • POSTED BY Cool_Jeeves on | December 25, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    Very surprised since he cannot really better concentrate for a world cup 12 months away, by retiring before a Aussie series 1 month away. Shades of Tendulkar and Greg Chappell here? But nevertheless, one of the all-time great batsmen. His wonderful century in Melbourne to save the test, twin centuries in Pakistan, twin centuries against India in Cape town which saved SA from almost certain defeat. Very balanced at the crease, a wide array of very attractive stroked. In the last 5 years of his career his batting climbed to new levels, and he frequently was dominant early in the innings, whereas in the first 10-12 years of his career he was a meticulous innings builder. The last of the great batsmen of the 1990s vintage. He will leave a big hole in the SA batting line up, and impact the team balance substantially. Shubham Goyal on (December 25, 2013, 11:07 GMT) - couldn't agree more - it would have been great to see Kallis and Tendulkar retire in the same test.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    Greatest cricketer of the era.Clean cricketer.....Admire him for his passion..He is 38 years old...he almost bowls 20 overs in an innings....Really a fine player

  • POSTED BY BANSAL SHAH on | December 25, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    Why do this article talk about the bad form he's in recently. He's been the greatest allrounder of his era and we should respect his decision,not elaborate his struggles in recent matches. Instead, it should consist of all the match winning innings he's played for SA. #RespectKallis #bestallrounderever

  • POSTED BY Nadeemusman on | December 25, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    Today i am sad to hear about the retirement of Jacques Kallis. He is one of the finest players in world of cricket. A player who faced the fiercest bowlers with ease and grace. His bowling was great and a treat to watch. He was a master of pacing innings in the defensive and offensive mode. A true gentlemen of cricket was never involved in on pitch skirmishes. Still i believe he had 2 to 3 years of cricket left in him.The world of cricket is going to miss you. Thank you sir and good luck to you.

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | December 25, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    I think he made the right decision Compare that to the likes of sachin , ponting who dragged their careers in the end only to spoil their reputation.Has any body noticed that kallis avg went down from 56.1 to 55.1 now in just 3 matches? I remembe Sachins average too dipped from ~57 in SA tour 2010-11 to 53.7 now.

    As some former cricketer said one should retire when people ask why you are not continuing the game rather than not continue the game when people ask why you have not retired yet.

    And for kallis he has been a great asset with his all round skills for SA team. He made sure Morkels absence didn't hurt SA much. A true legend and humble cricketer.

    Wish him good luck in his future endeavors.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    will finish with a career of almost 600 wickets and 25000+ runs......wow........even 1 among it itself is great

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    The real Mr. Cricket!

  • POSTED BY Ali_Eorse on | December 25, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    Kallis can take rest now. Good-luck, Jacque! As far as SA winning the world cup in 2015, forget about it. The finals will be AUS vs. ENG or Sri Lanka. Why? SA is mediocre when Steyn is not good. PAK cannot be predicted to do any damage. The same for WI. India will crash and burn as always. Just look at their flashy (not productive) openers, like Dhawan and Murali. NZ will do better than IND due to Boult and Taylor. No, in the end it will be AUS (due to Johnson) vs. ENG (due to Broad) or SL (due to Sanga and Mahela).

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    End of a great career,a great warrior& fighter.Respect to this great All-Rounder of all time Cricket History

  • POSTED BY proteasfire on | December 25, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    Cricket is going to miss another legend!! What a player for SA!! Incredible stats!! Undoubtedly greatest all rounder world has ever seen. Game will miss you Jacques. Still remembering your mini world cup heroics with both bat and ball in 1998 winning both man of the match and series after the final in Dhaka. Eventually that was SA's only ICC trophy till date. Wish you end on a high by winning WC 2015 also. Salute you for your contribution to the game. Definitely one of a kind player for the game!! #hatsoff

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    Saluate to Kallis, what a carrer, He will be definately remembered as once of the legend, The era of Tendulkar, Lara, Dravid, Ponting and Kallis comes to an end, next in line are Chanderpaul-Jaywardhene-Sangakkara-Pietersen-Clarke (Due to his bad back). Now its in hands of Amla-ABD-Kohli-Cook-Pujara-Williamson-Smith-Taylor-Bravo-Monimul-Rahane-Warner-Dhawan and many more to end as great, if they learn something from this legends, still AB and Amla are on the way to be legends as they are best batsmen at present and others have to take lot of efforts to end as a legend.

  • POSTED BY YogifromNY on | December 25, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    As an Indian supporter, I admire Kallis with all my heart. TREMENDOUS cricketer and (from all I have read of him) a warm, genuine kind of guy. SA was lucky to have had him in their team as they were effectively a team of 12 players because of him. The time was right for him to hang up his boots and move on, just as it was for Sachin, another contemporary great. The fans will miss ya, Jacques. Hope you enjoy your retirement and also hope that you will continue to be involved with cricket in some way going forward. God bless you!

  • POSTED BY Robster1 on | December 25, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    King Kallis - arguably the best player ever. Respect and thanks for everything.

  • POSTED BY wikkey-pedia on | December 25, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    My favourite cricketer of all time. A true ambassador for the game and our country. I do however feel a little bitter that a few squabbling administrators and petty politicians have robbed JHK from completing his test career under the shadow of Table Mountain. Jacques would have ended his career after this series which should have finished with the New Year's Test in Cape Town. (An institution in South Africa.) How fitting that Cape Town's favourite son would have completed his marathon innings in front of his adoring Newlands faithful, but alas.

  • POSTED BY Surajdon9 on | December 25, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    Hats off to u great legend.Crikcet will missed u.Thank you so much Jacks for your All round entertainment .Cricket won't be the same without u like true gentle men Kallis.u will be missed.All the best for future.Hope u will rock in ODI format and help Proteas to Clinch 2015 CWC....

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    Really depressed after reading this. i thought he will play for another 2-3 years. test cricket is over for me.will miss you forever. the most underrated test batsman.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 25, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    An elegant cricketer, great competitor, amazingly talented athlete. Another titan departs. Thank you Kallis for the memories and the joy you provided.

  • POSTED BY Sher_Shah on | December 25, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    A complete bowler, an outstanding batsman in all formats of the game, and a brilliant slip catcher. He dated Miss SA 2002 and then Miss SA 2003 runner up, and now dating a stunning model. Don't know how someone can better that going forward!!

    Is he the greatest all-rounder since the beginning of time? Possibly, he is definitely right up there in the mix, but when you look at the statistics of Sir Garfield St Aubrun Sobers and think of the talent around his time then Sir Sobers looks the guv'nor.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    The greatest cricketer ever to play test cricket ever!!!!! he never went behind records or the fame, he was a low profile person which youngsters have to learn from him.....I wish him all the best for ODI cricket future. Let's hope SA will win world cup for him for the last time.

  • POSTED BY screamingeagle on | December 25, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    Will miss this one more than most. I am sure the SA team will be really trying hard to make this last test memorable. Hope it is not like the damp squib Sachin's retirement ended up being. Hope India will fight hard and honor one of the very best cricketers we have seen. Hope he gets a hundred. (not anyone else from SA though, I am an Indian fan :D)

  • POSTED BY TheRedLeb on | December 25, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    JK has been let down by CSA a player in his prime with a year or two left has not played test cricket for 6 mths of 2013 and after beating Aus in Aus end of 2012 has played 7 tests this year against a weak NZ team and a Pak team that rolled over in SA in SA earlier this year ....

    Then there was the Susie's of India and CSA disagreeing over this series. SAs next series against a top 4test side is Eng in 2015 which is a disgrace. JK knows he can't last till then without regular Test cricket . at 38 his form has suffered due to a sustained layoff he is undoubtedly good enough to still play but needs time at the crease to get back in form which he won't find ahead of the Aus series and then won't have again for a period

  • POSTED BY warneneverchuck on | December 25, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    He was just a good player nothing more than that

  • POSTED BY VarunAGVU on | December 25, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    Thank you, Kallis. I have been fortunate to witness the greatest cricketing legend of all time. You have been a education on cricket all along. Your masterclass is exemplary, and would be followed closely for generations. With a heavy heart, I prepare myself for life in test cricket without you and wish you all the best for your future.

  • POSTED BY social_monster09 on | December 25, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    Ricky ponting gone then Sachin and now Kallis is on the way to retire from cricket. Very sad and hard to believe to see test matches without these 3 legends of world cricket. Kallis a true allrounder in all formats of the game. Neither Ponting nor Sachin is compared to Kallis because his contribution in cricket is much higher than these two batting legends becoz Kallis is a pure allrounder who equally contributes with ball & bat. But I think he should play atleast against Aussies. BTW Good buy king Kallis thanks for your great memories.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    The Most Under-rated cricketer of all time without a doubt.. Why talk about him being an allrounder?? He was a complete batsman and a more than capable bowler. With the bat, he is most certainly in the league of greats. Its a shame that everyone would talk about a Sachin, a Ponting, Dravid or a Lara but very few will talk about Kallis..

  • POSTED BY insightfulcricketer on | December 25, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Farewell. International cricket just got a lot poorer without you a legend.A modern complete cricketer if ever there was one. Your batting and bowling is already highlighted with your excelent stats. However it is your calm and sharp fielding in slips and some terrific catches in the outfield were stuff which showed you are not a normal cricketer. Farewell - I fervently hope there is some younger version of you doing all the things you did .I just hope he is from India this time :). Cheers!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 25, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    Greatest allrounder of all time, only player who could have brocken Sachin's record in test cricket, farewell legend...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    Although dont remember the exact words but as far as my memory goes,at the outset of the India-SAF series,commenting on an article, I had made an off the track statement that this series is going to be the end of careers of Jack and Jak,provided they dont make significant contribution to their respective sides.Unfortunately Jack is gone to whatever reasons and I have already paid my tributes to my cricketing hero in a comment posted previously.Now on to JAK or Jaheer Khan.Well,he bowled his heart out and was very skillful,as usual,in the first innings.But in the second his speed dropped drastically to 120-125kmph and he didnt appear penetrative at all.Durban is in the offing and we dont know how would he fare over there.But I would be wise for any ageing cricketer to take a leaf out of the book of Kallis,Swan,Trott etc,and hear and heed the clarion call made by their body and not to stretch too far out of typical fame-loving-at any cost mindset.

  • POSTED BY pull_shot on | December 25, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    oh last great of modern era has hang boots sad year for cricket as big faces of India and Sa retired

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    It's a hasty decision. Best batsman technique-wise in the world, was hitting the ball nicely in second innings. Certainly a case of "why now?" instead of "why not"

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    I will miss his beautiful and elegant cover drives. I think he made the right decision, because many questions were being asked on his form. However, I can't be more sad. Modern and future generations will never see such a class act again. It has been a very awful past 10 years for cricket. We lost Boucher, Ponting, Gilly, McGrath, Hayden, Lara, Sachin, Wasim, Waqar, Akhtar, Lee, Swann, and now Kallis. Words can't describe it.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    loosing a genuine all rounder...!!!!

  • POSTED BY jimmyvida on | December 25, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    Cricket's greatest all rounder. The figures speak for themselves.

  • POSTED BY Johnny_129 on | December 25, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    What a player - What a man! Cricket has lost a few all-time greats, recently - None greater than Kallis. This will lift SA to give him a winning send-off. Congrats to Kallis on a great great career.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    True Gentleman of the game, undoubtedly greatest all-rounder of modern-era.Have a cheerful life ahead.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    very sad

  • POSTED BY vik56in on | December 25, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    Hail the greatest allrounder in cricket !This was the right decision at the right time. Perhaps there was a lesson to be learnt from the delayed retirements of Ponting and Tendulkar.Towards the end Tendulkar only averaged a low of 34 from his last 25 tests. Similar was the case with Ponting.

  • POSTED BY Shyamj on | December 25, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    I think it's the right decision for him. It's obvious he is struggling in the long form of the game. Personally, I feel he will not be in a position to play the 2015 World Cup. Anyway, he is undoubtedly, with Sobers, the best all-rounder in the history of the game. I wish him the best of the best for the future.

  • POSTED BY mensan on | December 25, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    He should not retire now. He should play Australia series at least.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    Test cricket is gonna miss one of the finest world class allrounder.. All young cricketers should learn his patience, skill, form and attitude!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    A well timed retirement for a classy character.

  • POSTED BY kartcric on | December 25, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    Absolute hero going out of the scene.Certainly this is the end of this era as almost each one of the greats from dravid to now jack kallis have retired.

  • POSTED BY x_lnc on | December 25, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    One of the greatest allrounder in the history of test cricket, I hope he will reach 300 test wickets and 200 catches.

  • POSTED BY niazbhi on | December 25, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    Kallis was the single best player I have seen. At his youth he was as good a bowler as Flintoff. His batting is clearly effected by age. Bowling decline is expected. It was the right decision for the greatest player I have seen. It is time for Amla and young guns. No one else would average 50+ and can still have a decent bowling record (His bowling was way underused).

  • POSTED BY fosterbat on | December 25, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    Jacques you may be ready to retire but we are not ready to retire you. Haven't had enough of watching your cricketing magic. Say it ain't so.

  • POSTED BY Atifkhan3489 on | December 25, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    No doubt, The greatest allrounder that cricket has seen.Cricket will proud on the name of kallis.I feel myself lucky as i have seen playing some greatest cricketers as sachin, dravid, kallis, sangakara, waqar, wasim and ponting.But at the same time i am the most unlucky person not to have seen any of those live in ground.GOOD LUCK Kallis for ur future life

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    An other Great Player of genital men game quit from test. real face of test cricket

  • POSTED BY DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on | December 25, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    i am fan of sachin but i always believes kallis is complete cricketer than sachin, lara and pointing.

  • POSTED BY Leo83 on | December 25, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    You will be missed not only by me but my millions of fans who love cricket. I thought you are the only one who will cross SRT test hundreds, but it came to shock to hear of your retirement. One of the best ever seen all rounder, since i follow cricket. All the very best for you in your life. Last but not least Thank you so much for entertaining us. #legend #of #allrounder.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    You will be missed Kallis. One of greatest to have priveliged the field.

  • POSTED BY go4manoj on | December 25, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    kallis is greatest allrounder in history of cricket. there is several of occasions when African team stand as a winning team. if u have kallis in team it means u have 12 players in team. he is such a great batsman who have all kinds of shots and as well a bowler. we miss u sachin n now kallis on the ground.

  • POSTED BY legfinedeep on | December 25, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    "We are talking about the late 1980s. Jacques was about 13 or 14. I took him to a nearby town for the Under-15 provincial selection trials. For some strange reason, they didn't pick him. Disappointed, I went up to one of the selectors and made my displeasure known. That guy told me that Jacques was too small and that he would never make it as a cricketer. I conveyed the same to Jacques. He looked at me and said, 'I'll show them, Sir'," Richardson says in one breath. And then he lets out a hearty laugh. No wonder he doesn't gets bored of narrating this incident again and again. After all, it truly defines the greatest cricketer of the modern era.

  • POSTED BY srikanths on | December 25, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    Undoubtedly the greatest cricketer of the last 30 years. and possibly the No 2 best overall cricketer of all time after Gary Sobers possiblyThere might have been a few better batsmen, few better bowlers and few better fielders but overall package, no one even close.As a batsman , he was one of the best, may have lacked the flair but great defense and most dependable. A person who could have been picked up purely as a bowler who at times bowled as fast as anyone and as a slip fielder one of the best. Without doubt , an all time great and the greatest all round cricketer of SA.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | December 25, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    It was a privilege to watch JK preform for all these years. .. undoubtedly the greatest Allrounder of our times. More reasons to watch the 'other' Boxing Day Test.

  • POSTED BY legfinedeep on | December 25, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    "But the hard-hitting truth is that Kallis has not got the recognition he deserves.Shaun Pollock offers a valid explanation. "The thing is Jacques has always gone about his business without any fuss. He has been absolutely low-key. Also, you must realise that he compiles his runs. He may not be as flamboyant as the other great players. But then again, there's no doubt about his quality. But knowing Jacques, I am sure he doesn't bother much about these things. He just scores runs and picks up wickets." Another factor that adds to the aura around Kallis is his humility. Richardson says, "Jacques is ever so humble. His humility comes from the fact that he had a tragedy early in his life. When you lose your mother at the age of nine, it's a very, very cruel blow. Life teaches you to be humble and makes you realise that everything you get in this world is a gift. Jacques realised that long ago."

  • POSTED BY akheel_aa on | December 25, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    Last one of the True "All Rounder" legends. Hats off to Jaques. Very well done Sir. What a marvelous story it has been in South African cricket, without a doubt, the greatest South African cricketer ever.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    No way Kallis sir could take this kind of rough decision regarding his retirement he has much cricket left in him yet,and he is the only batsmen who has scored 45 centuries to break the record of Sachin Tendulkar in Test who has 51 centuries to his name.No way he should retire from the Test cricket now he hasn't perform in the last two of three test match that he had played,but in the last match of second Innings he secored 34 of 35 balls run a ball show.He is one who can broke sachin record of most Test centuries and can become a Role model for south african cricketing generation's infact Kallis Test form is much better than O.D.I form where he has secored 17 centuries and in Test he has secored 45 centuries.I wanna ask him and south african cricketing board who alongwith there International player who took stupid stupid decision in world cup team selection like they did in champion Trophy batting ingram who is a number 3 batsmen to bat at no.1 spot&1st test S.A loose of just 8runs.

  • POSTED BY Chucki93 on | December 25, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    I feel very privileged that I will be going to watch this great man's final Test game in Durban. Was considering going before, but now its a must. A very sad day, Kallis' reputation will only increase once he retires, when people finally sit up and realise what he's achieved. I hope he goes out with a bang, and contributes to a SA win.Hoping for a cracker like the first game. Come on SA, win for Kallis!

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    He was the most complete player ever and a great human being who played the game in the best spirit, boy he will be surely missed, I am sure we wont see another like him again, with due respect Sober or anyone else can't be greater than this man for sure, wish we see him in the world cup too with all guns blazing.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    Matches: 165

    Runs: 13174 Average: 55.12 Hundreds: 44

    Wickets: 292 Five Wickets: 5

    Catches: 199

    The greatest player ever to grace Test Cricket retires :( Thanks for the memories Jacques Henry Kallis :)

    #ThankYouKallis

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    I was expecting Kallis to play few more test matches, he was not at his best but still he was bowling well so he should have played at least against Aus. A great loss to SA, kallis is a person who brings balance to the squad & after this SA will have to satisfy with 4 bowlers.

  • POSTED BY amitpat79 on | December 25, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    wow what a year first sachin then kallis .. for me he is the best allrounder after gary sobers and best test batsmen after sachin .. well done kallis "you will be miss"

  • POSTED BY Mohammad5421 on | December 25, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    I have not seen Sobers play, so I won't compare the two, but kallis is the best cricketer in the last 25 years. I still cannot fathom why he is not held in the same ranks as Tendulkar or Ponting. If you dont want to compare stats, then he even has more MOM performances than Tendulkar in Test cricket(Im a huge Tendulkar fan btw) . And ofcourse, almost 300 wickets in both forms of the game with a very respectable average and to be able to bowl at almost 140kph even at the age of 38, is something truly remarkable. If 100 centuries is a milestone that might be difficult to reach for any other cricketer other than Tendulkar, then almost 25000 runs and 550 odd wickets is a harder milestone to reach. May Kallis score a typical rock solid century in his last test!

  • POSTED BY sumit1982 on | December 25, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    I think Shaun Pollock and Jacques Kallis are two gr8 all rounder that has produce by South Africa cricket board .

    Thank you for showing your class and skill to us. Best of Luck.

  • POSTED BY legfinedeep on | December 25, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    Still feeling sad about this, Kallis ruined Xmas for me and many Saffers now. One bad year should not have been reason enough to retire. Every player, great ones includes, go through dips in form. Kallis had a wonderful year last year. I mean, look at a great player like Pietersen's form of late - by the same token he should retire. But even great players go through lean patches. This decision is way too hasty. I know it is not in Kallis' nature to do this but I really really wish he had stayed on for 300 wickets and 15000 runs.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    Great player and will be missed!

  • POSTED BY shashankwall on | December 25, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    Shocked to hear the news of Kallis retiring from test cricket. One of the greatest cricketer of all time. A selfless cricketer and a complete team man.. Was batting very well in the second innings against India until a dubious decision ended his innings.. Stage set for Kallis to bow out on a high.. Respect from an Indian Fan..

  • POSTED BY marteen on | December 25, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    Best allrounder in the history of cricket. 25000 runs and near 600 wickets and 340 catches will remember him as the 'Boss of the Bosses' in the cricket history. Surely a huge blow for SAF. Probably they won't get another kallis. But he could easily continue test till 2015. We will miss u man.

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | December 25, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    Right decision by Kallis. He will go down as the best all rounder after Sobers. As a batsman alone, he can walk into any world XI since the 1990s. He must maintain his bowling standard to be in the frame for 2015 WC, which I think has unfortunately fallen off quite a bit in the last 3-4 yrs. The other thing I like about him is his demeanor through out his career on and off the pitch. Wish he signs off from tests on a high.

  • POSTED BY sreeg on | December 25, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    In my opinion, he is the GREATEST PLAYER of all times. Such averages over 20 years of cricket, and with so much load. He even played more T20's compared to so many youngsters and senior players of the world. Unbelievable. And totally a Non-Controversial Player. SA will surely miss him badly and is a great loss for World test cricket. He's one of the few players who can play for more than 2 sessions.. -From an Indian Cricket Fan

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    In the top ten list of most runs in test cricket, Kallis has the highest average! Best batsman and all-rounder in the world!

  • POSTED BY Boytjie84 on | December 25, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    Undoubtedly the greatest cricketer of all time alongside Sobers! No other cricket player was, is, or probably ever will be capable of what he has achieved. Runs, wickets, and catches! His average says it all. You will be missed. Kallis you legend!

  • POSTED BY Vilander on | December 25, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    King Kallis..you are the best cricketer that has played the game. Sachin+ Zaheer in one so a great batsman + world class new ball bowler rolled into one. And to add to this you are a great ODI allrounder as well.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    What a shocker - Amount of workload this guy handled for his teams Day-in, day-out without complaining (including T20, ODI, Tests) and even ipl - was in itself amazing. Put aside his batting, In last test, he tiredlessly bowled for his team when needed ang gotten crucial breakthough for his team. Just failed to score in ist inning of last test- Made him call it a day! I hold him high way above SRT - as a Team player, Selfless players, and in his stats and skills! Congratulations!

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    The greatest among the modern South African Cricketers. I don't think, I can describe him any better than what cricinfo says about him in his profile. To quote, verbatim:

    "No batsman prizes his wicket more highly, and no wicket in all of cricket is more highly prized. Jacques Kallis is the broad-shouldered colossus of the South African team, a figure whose looming presence inspires calm in some and dread in others. Few players who belong to the modern age are a better fit for the notion of the classical cricketer. Kallis is a fine, forceful batsman who has at his disposal both a rock-solid technique and a mind impervious to distraction. Though his role as a bowler diminishes with each passing season, he will be remembered as a purveyor of sometimes surprising pace and swing, and awkward bounce. In the slips, his sure-handedness and rattlesnake reflexes make ridiculous catches look regulation....."

    I salute a great cricketer. One of the best allrounders cricket ever produced.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    can't believe here also people comparing > or < among the other gr8!!!!,why can't they accept every legend like sachin or dravid or kallis or lara or ponting r gr8 in their own ways keeping in view condition,amount of pressure faced,their teams stature at a time n superiority against top bowlers ,adaptance to all formats of game,longevity ,injuries n all .............better just mention ur own favourites than portraying urself a fool by mentioning one is AHEAD of other.....

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    He is one of the greatest all rounders... cool, capable, and humble. To me, he is an epitome of cricketing virtue. I have never seen or heard him involved in controversies. A thourough gentleman of the gentleman game. I miss you in tests Kallis. My heartiest wishes to you for a very fruitful and fulfilling time after you call it a day in all forms of life.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    All the best Kallis. You are perhaps the greatest alrounder. I firmly believe your record cannot be erased. Again all the best.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    End of a saga..words can never his on field abilities, dedication & achievements..an epitome of what all-rounder should be..many come & many go..many leave an imprint on the record books but only few manage to touch your heart....few expected him to survive so long as the patch he chose to tread was an achievement in itself..i say this for the sheer fact that modern all rounders have a very small "product life" but he played all the three formats with the same gusto..people will remember him for his records i will recall a guy who edges to slip, asks the fielder whether its clean catch or not & strides off with minimal fuss..i can go on & on...(this cricinfo is putting restrictions on my emotions with its word limit)

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    Good bye to another legend. You will be missed!

  • POSTED BY AbySibyKalapurayil on | December 25, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    kallis = sachin + zaheer... that's how much a complete cricketer can be... hats off to legend...

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | December 25, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    Thanks for entertaining us for two decades, best all rounder I have seen playing... Now enjoy more time with family , u have played your role.. Wish you all the best

  • POSTED BY vipravara on | December 25, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    Perhaps, for a very long time, the only one to join Sir Gary Sobers as one of the greatest all rounders of the game being equally fabulous with both bat and ball. Hats off Jacques. Thanks for your fantastic contributions to test cricket. May your wish come true of representing RSA in World Cup 2015. - A cricket lover from India.

  • POSTED BY kentjones on | December 25, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    Kallis is certainly one of the best cricketers of all time. Ii salute his contribution on the field of play. Off the field i have never heard him involved in any controversy. so he has been an enormous example to the youth about how to play the game and also how to conduct oneself outside of the game. Thank you Jacques for a wonderful career!

  • POSTED BY IndianInnerEdge on | December 25, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    One of the greatest of all time, if stats are the only parameter-the greatest all rounder.....what a player, a humble human being , a great sportsman and exemplary cricketer for the youngsters.........the only prob is he never had the rockstar persona, he woujld never pull people to watch him......but effective though...kudos to him from his indian fan.....Saffers will miss him though in the lineup...good luck to him....:)

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    He ia allrounder.He may not score runs he will take wickets.May be is not possible to score runs as he scored past.But 40,50 1,2 wickets more than help full............

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Why now Kallis why?. You could have stayed a little longer

  • POSTED BY anupkeni on | December 25, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    The India-South Africa test series should be called as Tendulkar-Kallis trophy from 2015 onwards when South Africa will tour India.

  • POSTED BY SaibalKG on | December 25, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    I'll not walk with those who are comparing one of the finest cricketers, perhaps of all times, with his other great contemporary players in highlighting his greatness through mere statistics. Though there's absolute stupidity in comparing between great players across generations based on statistics alone as playing rules and conditions changed over time, but perhaps for the sheer respect for the man who used to walk into ground with his raised collars, speaking of Sir Garfield Sobers, Jacques Kallis even with such extraordinary demonstration of skills, techniques and achievements both with the willow and cherry had to settle for a very "close second" to the former in our minds. Beyond his exceptional achievements on the ground for years together he stayed as a role model even off the ground and is a true icon of the sports we all love to play and cherish. Though I wish but I'm not sure if the world of cricket will ever see another great achiever like Kallis and I take a bow to salute

  • POSTED BY MOJITH-11 on | December 25, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    kallis one of the alltime greats. Its liitle disappointing that with him & few other good cricketers around still they cannot win a world cup. So the all group should try to win it for Kallis the greatest allrounder ever played in his last world cup tournament in Australia.

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | December 25, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    Heres wishing 2nd best right hand bat -after Ponting- and a modern great a great farewell test.Make it sweet with a big masterful 100 and smashing match/series win for SA! Couldnt have timed it -retirement- better what with the worlds best attck next.-:)

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    Undoubtedly , one of the best All rounder ever seen in the history of cricket. His calmness and consistency in playing caused many bowlers nightmare even worse. I hope SA would give him a perfect farewell to cherish the moment later :)

  • POSTED BY din7 on | December 25, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    what? really shocking, i cant believe it...i thought he might score 100 in nxt match and fight back with his form...he wasnt goin thru that poor form as other greats were but may be his hunger for test runs has left him it..atleast he shld have waited till aus series that would have given him a shot at 300 test wickets..what a huge gap he has left in SA team..dont know how they are goin to fill it...but what to say...25000 runs, more than 550 wickets..unaruguably the greatest cricketer to have ever played the game...also the most superhuman, selfless cricketer..finally well said @Sanjoy Saha thats truth...bring it on sachin fans..u cant hide truth!

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    Tears were almost forming to my eyes when I read about this retirement, but this is not the end! You are a champion, and you will fight on in ODI's. What a pleasure it will be to watch you play in your last test.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    Most accomplished cricketer of modern era....I hold him one step above on our own Rahul and Sachin.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    2013 should be called a black year of cricket. go 2013 how much more u will take away from cricketing fans.

  • POSTED BY gudolerhum on | December 25, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Jacques Kallis's contribution to SA cricket cannot and should not be measured in statistics alone. His sheer power of presence whether with bat or ball had an effect on the opposition. They were always extremely relieved top see him walking off or putting down the ball. He is a wonderful competitor and I definitely rate his as the best allrounder of his era and certainly apart from Sir Garry he is incomparable. I wish him well in his final quest to be part of the team to win the World Cup, he deserves that final achievement. Thanks for the wonderful Test memories Jacques and may we enjoy seeing you again in 2015.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    A year when great players have been retiring. .. very sad...

  • POSTED BY roook on | December 25, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    He took fours wickets got unlucky with decision. Greatest player of all time I doudt anyone can equal his record nearly 300 test wickets and over 13000 runs. Great player to watch

  • POSTED BY Waqs77 on | December 25, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    My personal opinion...he should continue playing tests and quit ODIs. This is what general trend is and everyone thinks in that way. But he is Kallis, not tendulkar who plays for himself. Salute to you as a team man and as a cricketer.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | December 25, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    Good decision . He was not contributing to the SA..

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | December 25, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Kallis performances will be remembered ever by SA .they will miss him badly in the future . As an allrounder he remained on top of them during his carrier

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 25, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    It's a shame to see few people in here trying to compare him sachin or sobers on stats basis rather than just appreciating the services He has given to his Team, country and a lovely game of cricket . A true gentleman who always played the game in right spirit and a big reason for SA to dominate Test Cricket for last few years . A salute to Legend . Test cricket will always miss you King Kallis

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | December 25, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    Best cricketer of the last 20 years. Such a loss and too soon.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    This year is particularly hard one for cricket.on 30 th december(or maybe earlier) a calm,composed,unruffled and stoic gentleman will bid adieu to the game.Statistically the most complete and valuable cricketer of Cricket history will never don the whites again.The man on whose broad shoulders,the weight of SA team rested for more than one and a half decades is going to retire.I am sure that he will not get the same send off as the one given to the legend who went before him.But,in my mind he deserves the same. Good bye and thank you,Jacques Kallis. You have been a privilege to watch.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    The Complete Cricketer ..... His ODI and Test Averages are a better than Kallis.......One Of the best Cricketer Ever on top of Kallis......................

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    Heartbroken is all i can say.Others will eulogise the great man's achievements.For me he was the perfect gentleman,a big man in every retrospect.This legend of cricket has forged so many memories parallel with the events of our lives,that together with Sachin and a precious few others,they form a part of an "extended family" of this game of life we all play.

    I think Jacques would have been too emotional to call it a day at his beloved Newlands.Befitting of the man that he bows out on his terms and without fanfare.

    Swann gone,rumours of K.P retiring,Sachin,Trott on leave...where or where are our heroes ?

  • POSTED BY gdevilliars on | December 25, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    You have carried the South African team for a decade and now you will carry the hearts of a nation for eternity. There was Bradman, there was Sobers and now there was Kallis, God bless you and thanks making cricket a better sport.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    Amazing cricketer. Under-rated. Easily one of the greatest of all times. No one is likely to beat his record of 13000+ runs and 300- wickets in a long time. Respect. If only he had more flair and style, I dare say he might have been ranked above Sobers.

  • POSTED BY silentstand on | December 25, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    Great I hope the media is happy now we have lost a true great who knew he performed below his high standards this year.only shiv is left thanks for the mememories Kallis the hero of south afric

  • POSTED BY Bharat_Ratna_for_Jadeja on | December 25, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    "Et tu Jacques?".......two of greats 2 have ever played (clearly Sachin & Kallis not swann ;)) d game bid adieu to cricket within the span of 1 month....hopefully most of u wudn't dissagree with me on dis....Tendulkar,Lara, Dravid,Ponting & Kallis..were the only one's of this era....who wud have made in everyone's 'All Time Best Test-XI'......Truly end of an era......Lets now just hope ABDV,Cook,Kohli,Pujara live up to their expectations and reach or rather go beyond the acme set by these greats.......

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    The decision suprised me. Though 15,921 runs may be a stiff target he could have continued in test cricket and targetted Sachin's record of most test centuries by the end of 2015. But, it's the decision of the individual at the end of the day to do what he desires to. The recent lean patch in test batting might have prompted him to reach this decision. Plus there would be the AGE FACTOR. Keeping fit for the world cup is not an easy task. The burning desire to be part of a world cup winning team is so huge, which even Sachin Tendulkar could not hide. The fact that SA, being one among the best teams for the past 20 years could not win World Cup is a bit bizarre! Special congrats to him for not hanging up to the mercy of selectors and time his retirement! Great Guy; the BEST ALLROUNDER after Sir Garry Sobbers in the history of the game! All the best KALLIS THE GREAT!

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    I would love to see South Africa still maintain the test crown after this man retires.. This might not be the last straw so much as the day de Villiers says he won't keep anymore.. But surely more work for Steyn, Philander and Morkel..

  • POSTED BY AB-50 on | December 25, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    Another Gentleman cricketer is bidding adieu to Test Cricket ! Apart from being a great allrounder,he represents a special class of cricketers,who let their bats & balls do the talking & not show any verbal agression on the cricket field.So,Sachin's record of Test centuries is quite safe at the moment :)

  • POSTED BY Kaka13 on | December 25, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    I am sad and happy too, will miss a world class batsman and happy as Indian and fan of Sachin too, Sachin's record will be intact. Good luck Kallis and seeing 2 great batsman retired in 2013.

  • POSTED BY lotus70 on | December 25, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    The best allrounder post Sobers era...... Hats off to the great man.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    Greatest allrounder the game has produced and one of the very best batsmen. Respect from India. Even though the next test is against India, I would love to see him bow out with a hundred and a fifer. Cricket is poorer because of his departure

  • POSTED BY Jeeves_ on | December 25, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    No doubt, one of the greats of the game. A good time to retire. I think he lost his hunger in 2013, and his reflexes have slowed. The right time to go. I respect his timing. Sachin carried on too long, and if he was waiting to score his 100th international century, that would have been the right time for him.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Clunge on | December 25, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    Okay, that's a ridiculous poll - shouldn't he just do what's right for him? Sad to see him go, he really is one of the few "true all-rounders" the game has seen. Not just good enough to play as either batsman or bowler, but an average of 55 with the bat and 32 with the ball puts him right up there with the greats.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    Amazing player - it is unbelievable that some player could handle the role of most important batsman and a fast bowler for so long. Wishing him good luck and hopes he gets the player of the tournament in 2015 world cup. Hopefully he scores the required runs to become second highest scorer - goodluck

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | December 25, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    Thanks so much Kallis. Just a pity it couldn't have been after the season, however, it again demonstrates your greatness. in putting team and country first.

  • POSTED BY shovwar on | December 25, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    Jacques Henry Kallis...I salute u....U are not thinking about your personal record. But I still think you have some more left in u to give in Test Cricket...As of today I still dont see anyone replacing u in the Test Team. A complete batsman and a very important 4th bowler in one...I dont see anyone else to fill that shoe at the moment. 8 more wickets to 300. Why not! Please play the Aus series and complete that record ...no one would blame you for that. Cricket owes you that atleast. The best all rounder of all time.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    He was one of the greatest cricketer world ever seen, probably the second best all rounder after Sir Gary Sobers, pardon if i am wrong. Chanderpaul is the only player now who recalls my childhood memories watching cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    If there is any real great in modern day cricket, it is Kallis. He is the true all rounder that our generation has been privileged to watch. Be it test cricket or ODIs, be it batting, bowling or fielding..he is the true master in each department. People talk of some other master, god whatever it is, if one sees being unbiased, Kallis is the man everyone would put at #1, perhaps the greatest player ever. 13K+ test runs @55+, 11K+ ODI runs @ almost 45..44 test centuries..292 test wickets, 270+ ODI wickets..not to forget 199 catches he took in tests.. His technique, ability to provide stability and play in adverse conditions, the beauty of his shots..the elegance of his drives..145+ km bouncers..one can just go on.. 8 more 100s..few hundred runs..8 more wickets and 12 more catches would put him at top of 2 charts..but perhaps that is the greatness of the man..he doesn't play to reach milestones (200 match/50 century or 100 int. 100s). I am an Indian and I salute you. BOL for ur final one.

  • POSTED BY Haz95 on | December 25, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    Honestly, I respect this decision, Like someone said in these comments..He is retiring for the team as he knows he's finished and is just a flaw unlike other 'legends' who couldn't even score 100s for four years in the #4 position, or other 'legends' who kept getting ducks and delayed what was only the inevitable. I salute you Kallis, The greatest CRICKETER[bat, bowl and field] of all time... Now its only Jayawardene, Chanderpaul and Sangakkara who will depart and that is the end of crickets greatest era.

  • POSTED BY SCB1234 on | December 25, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    ne of the greatest legend this game has ever seen....it is also a matter of very high pride for India that this legend is retiring after playing against India. You will continue to inspire millions other cricket fans.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    Jacques should have played one more year and given it all he has got. He is already great but I would have loved him to be the second highest run getter of all time.

  • POSTED BY The_Freakster on | December 25, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    An absolute legend of the game. Never saw Sobers play, but I truly believe Kallis is better, having delivered his performances over a longer period, in a more competitive cricketing environment and over different formats. I thought he would last the Australia series but then he is the best judge so whatever decision he has made must be for the best. As an Indian, I hope he doesn't bring out his best in his last test, but I wish him the best for all his future endeavours.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    an ALLROUNDER in the REAL sense & such LONGETIVITY!!!!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    The complete cricketer... his ODI and Test averages are better than Sachin.. One of the best cricketer ever even on top of Sachin..

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    who is next in line #retire

    GREAT PLAYER TO RETIRE

    THANKS FOR SERVICES TO CRICKET-----------AN INDIAN FAN

  • POSTED BY RednWhiteArmy on | December 25, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    One of the greats of the game. Will be hard to replace but i think South Africa can do it.

  • POSTED BY rmaganti on | December 25, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    With Ponting and Sachin retiring, Kallis was the last of the modern great batsman still standing. His retirement brings an end to the best four batsman to have played in the last two decades, Lara, Sachin, Ponting and Kallis. Farewell Kallis.

  • POSTED BY creebo777 on | December 25, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    kallis should play as an all rounder and bat @ 6...still the best all rounder in south africa...

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 25, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    It is really sad to hear a true legend retires .. All the best for him to win 2015 World Cup

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    good bye king kallis . nobody prized his wicket more than kallis in test cricket he was a true classical batsman .

  • POSTED BY sudeep_sarkar on | December 25, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    he should have played as a bats man for another 2 years.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    2013 is very sad year for modern world cricket, big big Legends are retired in this year Like - Ponting, Sachin, Rahul Dravid, Laxman and now Kallis.... He has been backbone of SA batting line up for last 18 years...Now he jst needs 115 runs to overcome Dravid & 204 runs to overcome ponting to become No 3 & No2 top run getters....

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    Tendulkar,Ponting,Dravid,Kallis - Slowly and slowly Cricket gets poorer with retirements of these legends.

  • POSTED BY Diaz54 on | December 25, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    I am a pakistan cricket supporter, but I must say he was my favourite player. I loved watching him bat.,tremendous,,arguably best bat since 2000 onwards. His stats tell,you everything. But don't forget he batted in difficult conditions or bowler friendly for half of his games. Not to mention the bowling and catching. I was lucky to watch him get 3 hundreds on separate occasions at Newlamds. Also his support for his academy and the fact that he stayed in SA to be part of new nation must also be lauded. Kallis celebrate your pending retirement with a hundred at Durban. Muhammed riaz

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    Cricket world will never be the same without him. I guessed he may retire from ODI and continue test but his decision surprised me. May be he didnt want to stay in the team without performing. Now people will begin to realize what kallis was, a giant of the game, one of the best in the history if not the best, thank you kallis.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    With the highest average of all the greats of this era, and that too on batting nightmare pitches of SA, definitely miles ahead of Lara, Tendulkar and Ponting esp considering how much he has contributed into getting SA on that top TEST spot.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    so long Jacques! thanks for all the good memories! the last few months have been really unsatisfactory for him and this was always on the cards... good that he has decided to leave when a replacement can be brought in and moulded amidst the other senior players... one of the all time greats of cricket and he played in the true spirit of sportsmanship at all times... my best impression about Jacques came when he fought neck to neck with sachin for the orange cap in the IPL 2010 when just the previous year he was branded too slow for t20 cricket... he has been a true colossus for SA and is perhaps their best cricketer ever! all the best for the next chapter of your life champ!

  • POSTED BY latecut_04 on | December 25, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    First things first and take a bow King Kallis!!!what a player..what a career..More Man of the Match awards than any other player second being a certain Viv Richards.No need to say anything more.NOW quitting tests and playing ONLY ODIS..was that the right decision.is he an automatic choice in ODIs..aren't here enough bits and pieces cricketers to fill that 'all rounder' spot in ODIs.Just think he will put selectors in dilemma if he wants to be a member of the WC squad in 2015..on the same note an untimely and early loss to test cricket..he could have still played on as a batsman who bowls..(even Imran and Kapil the bowling all rounders were better in batting in the twilight years.)

  • POSTED BY byc89 on | December 25, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    one of the greatest legend this game has ever seen....it is also a matter of very high pride for India that this legend is retiring after playing against India. You will continue to inspire millions other cricket fans.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    I would have liked him to complete 300 wickets. But, unless he takes 8 wickets in that last test, that won't happen.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    Best Modern Day cricketer...grand salute to him...!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Cricketfan23 on | December 25, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    I felt bittersweet after hearing about Kallis's retirement. Happy that he couldn't break the GOD's record but sad to see another great cricketer go.

  • POSTED BY Just_love_it on | December 25, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    Greatest all rounder ever in ALL formats ! I said Ever .....no if and buts ... He was like a beast ..... How can he bat n bowl BOTH tirelessly since so many years !! AMAZING ! Sorry Lara /ponting fans but He was only next to Sachin in test arena in my opinion .

  • POSTED BY bengal_tiger_roars on | December 25, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    Miss u a lot KING....I badly miss u..:( :'( Miss u a lotttttttttttttttttt... CRICKET IS NOTHING WITHOUT A TRUE LEGEND LIKE U....

  • POSTED BY Cricketfan23 on | December 25, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    I felt bittersweet after hearing about Kallis's retirement. Happy that he couldn't break the GOD's record but sad to see another great cricketer go.

  • POSTED BY anton1234 on | December 25, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Should have made Australia series in February his last. I think he realises he is no way near the same player of a couple of years ago and wants to give SA every chance of beating the Aussies. Probably also realises he will keep out the very talented De Kock. He did look good in the second innings though until wrongly adjudged LBW. But when you watch him now you will see his reaction time has slowed and comes down late on some deliveries.

  • POSTED BY N.Sundararajan on | December 25, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    N. Sundararajan from Chennai---What a record and what a person ! Perhaps THE GREATEST ALL ROUND cricketer that ever played the game---and a thorough gentleman too. Imagine Sachin and Zaheer and rolled together into one ! Never got his fair share of recognition for his achievements---and he has been extremely dignified always ! We should respect his decision and give him a fitting farewell--but the game and the cricketing world will miss him ! Perhaps his recent failures have driven him to this decision--(unlike Sachin who plodded on! ). What is the equivalent of Bharat Ratna in South Africa? Why cannot ICC institute a super recognition for such people ? Wish Jacques hits a century and takes wickets also in Durban, and CSA persuade him to continue for some more time-- here are more records to be broken Jacques ! Go for them ! May God bless you !

  • POSTED BY Man_from_Mountains on | December 25, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    Will always miss you Kallis? The great game of CRICKET will be boring now without Kallis.

  • POSTED BY legfinedeep on | December 25, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    What a legend. I bow and salute before you, King Kallis. You have always been a class act your whole career, and you proved you are even more classy by not hanging around for years and years and creating and undignified ending just to chase more personal records. A lot of lesser cricketers (I won't mention names but it is obvious who) would have hung around desperately past their sell-by date just to get a milestone like claiming 300 wickets, which Kallis is just 8 short of. Or desperately cling on to overtake to get at least 2nd or 3rd position in number of runs. Kallis always played for the team, and now he has stopped playing for the team's sake, and not at his own personal expediency. Go well, King Kallis - I am sad but your name will forever be etched in history as one of the greatest cricketers ever to grace the game.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    miles ahead of any player to play the game will miss him

  • POSTED BY DJRNZ on | December 25, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    I always found everyone talked about the likes of Ponting, Tendulkar etc but for me this bloke is the best of the lot in recent times. Brilliant in the field, great bowler and an amazing batsmen in all formats - Kallis could do it all whereas other recent batting greats were just brilliant with the bat, not so much the ball. An absolute legend and for me one of the best cricketers of all time - from an NZ supporter.

  • POSTED BY harsidhu on | December 25, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    All time great cricketer ever played the game ,After sachin the most humble person who always speak with his bat not with mouth.Really a sad news as he is one of my favourite batsman.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    kallis gives it a goodbye to test cricket!!

  • POSTED BY heathrf1974 on | December 25, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    Quite surprised but I guess his reflexes aren't what they use to be. I wonder who will come if for him?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    cricket never see a complete batsman n striker bowler like him. really loss to test cricket!!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    We Will Miss You Legend.....My All Time Favorite Cricketer Jacques Kallis <3

  • POSTED BY real_gone_gadd on | December 25, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    He's a great player, probably South Africa's best ever (and certainly of the modern era) - but now is the right time.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    Hats Off!! Thanks for all those joyous moments, a great career.. Bowlers world over have 2 reasons (after Sachin's retirement) to breathe easy.. Happy for you, for you have given the World of Cricket, a great legacy.. THANK YOU!!

  • POSTED BY Haz95 on | December 25, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    The end to the career of what could be the greatest Cricketer of all Time...He genuinely was an allrounder, he could bat, bowl and was an brill fielder. He deserves 'the greatest' title.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    This is not good news for cricket lovers and spacialy my self you are my all time Hero because since you start ur international career we love as a cricket fans good bless you

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    The King.. The Legend...The Class...

  • POSTED BY Azzlan on | December 25, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    ahhh.. 2013, one of the miserable years for cricket fans! Bring back old times, when we used to see these legends playing. It feels like I'm getting older :/ Hope to see Kallis in the World Cup 2k15 and SA winning the trophy, this man deserves one! Best of Luck, Kallis man.

  • POSTED BY Hashimbaig on | December 25, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    I think that was a right time to stop from Kallis. He doesnt perform in the tests this year and his average goes down every time he scored a duck. I think kallis will focus on playing odi and perform there. He is 38 and he will defintely perform in the odis now.

  • POSTED BY Criccrazzzyyy on | December 25, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    2013 seem to be the year when world come to end as we know it and love it...... Ponting, Sachin, Hussey, and now Kallis..... oh god... how would cricket remain the way as we all have loved.... Sad day for cricket...

  • POSTED BY Haz95 on | December 25, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    NOOOOOOOOOO! No tendulkar, not dravid, not even Inzi's retirement I cared about but Kallis man. I know Kallis can make more runs and he's still capable even if he doesn't believe it. He has the opportunity to hit 300wickets. And if he wants to retire, he should retire from One Days cos I honestly believe he's one of the greatest batsmen ever, even higher than Ponting, Tendulkar and is drawing with Lara's #1 spot. Nevertheless, what a batsmen...I wish him all the luck.... From A Die hard Pakistani/Eng Kallis fan

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    Kallis, you will be terribly missed. Much love from Pakistan. He played a gentlemen's game like a gentleman. That is something very rare in this age of gaudy aggression.

  • POSTED BY StrangeWays on | December 25, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    So sad to see you go.. Kallis you are a legend! Would have liked to see you play the Aus one more time.. but you have given your all for your country.. Hope the world cup brings you success.. Thank you..

  • POSTED BY yashonfire on | December 25, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    We should respect his decision, at this age, he is not the fittest in the team. He badly wants the word cup victory having seen so many disappointments over the years(Tendulakar also had to wait very long for this feat). So, Kallis probably knows that playing all the formats at this age would be hard on his body. With this team, on Australian wickets, SA has a real chance of winning the WC in 2015. He wants to be a part of the team n perform. Nothing wrong with that, Kallis deserves it completely!

  • POSTED BY Keshavaram on | December 25, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    No doubt he is the best all rounder in today's game. The man with the golden arm for RSA. His 2nd innings begins now. He can take up umpiring & be the one of the best umpires or start coaching youngsters to build the 2nd line up.Wish you all the best Jacques Henry Kallis.

  • POSTED BY tony_joe on | December 25, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    Greats are rare because history cannot be written by many. A stalwart of cricket will go missing from action in test cricket. Fans of the game can only miss and cherish his contributions.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    Congratulations Jacques on a glittering career. You may not hold any batting records but your efforts with the ball and overall contribution to cricket puts you in a league of your own. It will be injustice to compare you to other legends as it is others who need to be compared to you. As an Indian fan you have my respect and admiration. You definitely had a lot more gas left in the tank judging by your bowling and batting performance in the last Test.

  • POSTED BY premendrasinghal on | December 25, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    Perfect time to say goodbye as South Africa is having good replacement in their bench strength. I still doubt that he would play WC 2015. The kind of self responsibility he carries I must say he will quit if he find he is no more making good contribution to the team. Great great great play and humble human being. Good bye Jacques. I think SRT will get a great relief after this news I am big fan of both of u.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    Really a great cricter and un-sung all rounder. Unfortunately he did not get so many credits he really deserves. All the best Kallis.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    Sad news for test cricket. The best all-rounder the great game has seen. We wish him well

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    SA need him in test more then ODI , i think its wrong decision he should quit ODI not test.....Anyway we should respect his decision . This year worst for Cricket bcoz we lost few really good cricketer in this year , Thank you "*" KALLIS "*"

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    Great loss to Test Cricket. Kallis (Dravid+Zak) in terms of batting,fielding & Bowling. Dravid,Kallis & Chanders were of a different mould. Didn't get the recognition that they richly deserved. Now only Chanders is remaining. After that watching test cricket would be difficult.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    Dear JK, you have been greatest player of this game always, wish you all the very best towards putting your hands on to WC2015. Alteast this should silence critics that you play for stats

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    2013 is very bed years of world cricket, big big Legends are retired in this year Like - Pontig, Sachin, Rahul Drabid and now Kallis.... its to hard to miss then this world long time...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    Had apprehensions about it coming soon more so because of the unselfish persona the great kallis possesses,but it apper to be a little sooner than expected.Dont know why.May be string of poor performances,may be the body sending negative vibes or me be Trott's and Swan's recent exit/retirement hastened his decision making process.Anyway my salute to one of my heroes,not only one of the greatest cricketers,of my generation.I feel priviledged to have watched him play for his being all excellence,brilliance,resoluteness,one may add as many sperlative virtues as one can,personified.I am an Indian,despite this fact my loyalties always swung between sachin and Kallis whenever my conscience tried to judge the greatest batsman of modern era.Kallis on several occassions appeared to me to be invincible whatever the quality of attack or condition of pitch he had to counter.With his retirement the chapter of an age dominated by the geniuses like Sachin,Lara,Ponting and Kallis will come to an end.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 25, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    Wow. Sad to see Kallis go. Great player. Thought he might catch up to Tendulkar in terms of centuries and be all time second on list of runs but not to be. Sorry to see him go.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    shattered to hear this .... though I knew some unusual wave coming from Kallis side. But is it the only way to let our heroes move away. Pressure of media, public, analysts, critics and team selectors after only his small rough patch ... too cruel ... y we don't allow them sometime to recover. this is not fair, even a youngster is given too many chances to settle him down !

  • POSTED BY naren1983 on | December 25, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    The Fittest player I ever seen in the Modern Era of Cricket. He batted very long hours, scored big hundreds and double hundreds, bowled lot of overs in Tests, ODI & T20. The best all rounder in Test for a decade and over. I would like to see him in Tests rather than ODI & T20. This announcements were indirectly given by CSA and People are already knowing this will happen, but any case Kallis retirement in Test is not easy to be taken by his fans. Mr. Cricket of SA, You are the best of all of them. Thank You for your classics innings in Tests, we have really enjoyed all those. Thank You !!!

  • POSTED BY Anish.Venkata on | December 25, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    I don't get his idea of retiring. I mean.. he's still the best in the world cricket presently..

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    Oh my God I don't believe my hero going to retire you are all time great gentalman cricketer all time calm & cool person Thank you my Hero we love you

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    King Kallis, the Greatest Ever All Rounder the game as ever seen....... Long live the King...... You played the game to its truest spirit and all of us salute you for the quality of entertainment that you provided so far............

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    With RD,SRT,VVS,PUNTER,HUSS,LEE,DADA,LARA,GILLY,WARNE,HAYDEN gone on the horizon of retirement..... Kallis was last 1 from my childhood heroes..... after this Durban Test....... I guess my childhood is over...... :(

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    My heart is very heavy right now.I really feel like crying. cannot feel why they are leaving their orphan

  • POSTED BY Punter.Pratik on | December 25, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    A big loss for Cricket.Wish him a great life post test cricket and may be get to the illusive World Cup before quitting cricket

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    WELL DONE, you just kept making runs, taking wickets & catches without big noteing yourself .

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    Very shocking news, it is not a right time of your retirement please not do that. You are a true star of all formats especially of test cricket, I would like to see you playing 200 tests match and get 50 or more test hundreds.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    What a champion, by far the best cricketer the world has ever seen. Astonishing record, amazing batsmen and determined bowler! Go well my king!

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    Is there some connection between India and legends retirement ? Steve Wagh to Kallis they feel best to retire after good show against team like India..Iam sure Kallis must have had his thoughts on retirement and must have felt deciding test with India at Durban best time to announce it.

    Dear Kallis, Cricket fans across the world will miss you..You were a silent warrior, never in controversies, never boasted on himself but always in thick of action.. a complete cricketer..Hope your team keeps you for the worldcup as you desired.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    Best allrounder of all times, his records speak loud and clear , unfortunately did not get the praise and stardom which he deserved.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    Truly the greatest cricketer in history of game. There were many great batsmen, many great bowlers but Kallis is no doubt the most valuable player. With so many runs and so many wickets with high averages. #Legend & #Greatest All rounder in history.

  • POSTED BY ADNAN_HAMEED on | December 25, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    Kallis, i love you, he is super all-rounder player.

  • POSTED BY yashonfire on | December 25, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    The last one of an era retires! South Africa has been blessed with some real legendary players over the years, but he is by far the best. One of the greatest of all rounders ever, has served his country with distinction, now calls it quits. test cricket will be poorer for his absence for sure. Salute the giant!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    oh no!! really ?? u r joking!!! he was much needed especially after his wicket taking capability in current series. it will be great to see his fireworks in ipl.

    3 great cricketers retiring in a matter of less than 1 month. the whole world is gonna miss these three guys.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 25, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    Take a bow Jax, will sorely miss you.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    will be missed by generations to come .

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    You are the great all-rounder in the cricketing history. I really wanted to see 300 test wickets in your bag.... miss you a lot.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    game is poorer as one more gentlemen retires from so called gentleman's game.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    This is an year of Great Retirements - Ponting,Tendulkar and now Kallis. Another Champion leaves Test Cricket!

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    One of the best All-rounder in the world. will miss so badly.

  • POSTED BY x_lnc on | December 25, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    We will be missing one of the greatest all rounder and I hope he reaches 300 wickets and 200 catches in Durban Test.

  • POSTED BY PrassieVenky on | December 25, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    Almost all of them golden era players have bid adieu, truly the game is going towards its level of evolution, and who's next to go ? Chanders ????

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    should have tried to make 50 hundreds ... or maybe even try to make record for most centuries in test matches....... one more year and he can do that .... he is the only man capable to do that atm !!!!!

  • POSTED BY angs on | December 25, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    Wow. Another legend retires! Greatest all round test player ever to play the game. Test cricket will never be the same. Those cover drives will only be memories.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    The greatest all-rounder since Gary Sobers is finally hanging up his boots in Test Cricket. Well played Kallis you will be well and truly missed by all

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    Now really more upset with BCCI's decision to play Tests vs WI for Sachin's last series.

    Would have been great if Sachin and Kallis would have retired together. After a equally and hard-fought series.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    the greatest all rounder ever...( despite keeping in mind Sir GS, Imran, Hadly, Botham, kapil)

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    Jacques Kallis.. One of the best all rounder of the game. He played his role very silently for years. Has been the pillar of the SAF test team for decade. His trade mark pull with one leg in the air and his standing cover drive will always be fondly remembered. Salute to the one of the best all rounder of past two decades.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    i think best all rounder is the test and odi cricket history

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    massive one of the hughe lagend in cricket histroy

  • POSTED BY TheRisingTeam on | December 25, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    One of the greatest cricketers of all time. Kallis was truly WORLD CLASS!!!

    We as Cricket fans wish him all the best.

  • POSTED BY Supa_SAFFA on | December 25, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    Noooooooo!!!!!! Not this short of becoming the 2nd highest scoring test batsman ever. Other greats before him waaaaay overstayed their time and by that measure Kallis had a season or three to go at least.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | December 25, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    An era is ending! All greats retiring! No words

  • POSTED BY Mervo on | December 25, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    The greatest possibly. Tendulkar did not bowl much and Warne did not bat as well ... Sobers is the closest. He will be missed. A genuine pace bowler with almost 300 Test wickets and 44 Test centuries with an average above Tendulkar. Hard to beat. He qualified in both batting and bowling.

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | December 25, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    A Legend he is - let the team stand on its feet and give him a fitting parting gift with a series victory. Go SA !! Best wishes to one of the Legends of the game.

  • POSTED BY mahi678 on | December 25, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    i dont know if i am first to comment..... as an indian fan i would say kallis is always admired by indians fans. he is hard nut to crack for indian bowlers. but probably under rated than he actually performed. good all rounder and asset to his team. SA team build around him for a long time. i dont know what is happening and or any murmors about his performance but i say its right and high time to retire. player of such caliber should not allow others pointing at his performance. done a lot of service and right time to hang his boots. but to play in odi world cup, he needs to work hard. wishing a grand farewell at world cup.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    If one goes by statistics Kallis was the best All rounder ever. In reality he would rank among top three All rounders of of all times along with with Sobers and Imran

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    Gary Sobers of modern era ... Great Career. one of the Legends of Cricket ...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    kallis, a great soldier of the game will be greatly missed.

  • POSTED BY mudhabir on | December 25, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    Definitely a huge void will be left in this SA line-up which is really hard to fill.

  • POSTED BY NikhilAsrani on | December 25, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    The greatest all-rounder of our generation and probably the second best overall after Sir Garfield Sobers. The unsung hero of this generation and probably the greatest player of this generation even greater than one Sachin Tendulkar for the sheer impact he made with bat, ball and field equally. His contribution to South African as well as world cricket has been immense. Runs, wickets, catches, he has delivered in all conditions at times when it mattered the most. I hope South Africa wins the 2015 world cup for it will be a fitting farewell to a colossal cricketer just as Sachin Tendulkar won his last deservingly. Take a bow Jacques Kallis!!! You are and will remain an absolute champion of a cricketer...

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    is bowling too much... against INDIA? was the factor in the decision making?since he is old now... and cant bowl that much

  • POSTED BY warnerbasher on | December 25, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    A stupendous cricketer. Not just his batting but his bowling and his slips catching. Surely the best all round cricketer of the last 20 years and one of the greatest players the game has known. The SA team won't be the same without him. He has been a tremendous competitor against Australia and our task in February in SA will just be that bit easier without him playing.

  • POSTED BY indiasucksgobd on | December 25, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    The greatest cricketer of all time.irreplaceabble wish he plays well in ODIS.

  • POSTED BY adnannisar on | December 25, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    undoubtedly the best All rounder the cricketing world has ever seen.... No 1 can replace you Jack.... Had a Gr8 post retirement life

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    certainly the biggest all rounder cricket ever produced, someone who proved his worth on all three formats and that's make him special than others.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    Arguably the greatest modern day all-rounder, Kallis will be remembered as one of the greatest batsman of all-time. For some reason he never got the same accolades that Tendulkar, Lara or Ponting received from the pundits, but for someone with over 13,000 test runs including 44 hundreds, there is no need for approval by pundits to be remembered as a TRUE GREAT of the sport! There was always a sense of class in how Kallis played the game and the timing of his retirement highlights the gracefulness of this man!

  • POSTED BY SanchitSabharwal123 on | December 25, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    The greatest cricketer of my time. far far better cricketer than batsmen and any bowler in the world. serves proteas for 15 years. salute to him.

  • POSTED BY Lahore-Badshah on | December 25, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    What a great player he has been during the last 17 years. Infact the greatest allrounder ever in the game of cricket. SA will miss him a lot and ............even all the cricket lovers in the world.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    vry sad decision...kallis was not his best perfomance since last 1 year....best of luck 4 future...

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    one of the greatest all rounder ever seen

  • POSTED BY ThKhan on | December 25, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    bad to hear this on Christmas day ... i think he should do it after the series with Australia

  • POSTED BY ChandikaGunawardhana on | December 25, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    Greatest all rounder in test cricket...

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    #Legend: Dark Horse Of World Cricket...! Test Cricket will Not be same after the retirements Of LEgends #sachin, #Kallis, #Ponting, #Lara, #Dravid...! Miss U very Much...!

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    Miss you King Kallis...the best ever

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    Good bye and we thank you so much for the entertainment u have provided us....salute to the greatest allrounder thiis game has ever seen !!

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    A legend. An inspiration.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    Please no! Only Shiv left to carry my childhood ahead now. Everyone else just going away. Sad state, this. Age is just a number, didn't anybody tell Kallis that?

  • POSTED BY Vivfan on | December 25, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    Cannot believe it, too many great Cricketers retiring. Kallis is a legend.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    Kalis is a super all rounder that I have seen in the cricket.He has taken good decision at the right time.Its time to give chance to young stars.Its gifted talent world has ever produced a batsman like him.I wish him all the best for the ODI as he will continue to play ODI. Thanks Kallis for your lovely decision.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    2013 has got to be the most cursed year for a cricket fan :(

  • POSTED BY Rajdeepgupta on | December 25, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    This is the year of sports retirement. Well Jacques played it fine.

  • POSTED BY Farce-Follower on | December 25, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    A legend. His high standards will be missed.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    we live you kalis

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 25, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    One of the best cricketers of our times ....

  • POSTED BY SohailMirza on | December 25, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    What an amazing cricketer and greatest batsman ever. You ll be be missed always in cricket. There is nothing much left in cricket After Inzi, Saeed Anwar, Ricky, Lara, Wasim, Waqar, Shoaib.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    One of the greatest all rounders bids adieu !! Classical test batsman. Jacques will be missed . hope to see him in the 2015 WC.

  • POSTED BY mukund.i on | December 25, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    disappointed; Kallis could have had a stab after 50 50s and stab at 300wkts; SA still need his experience. however Kallis perhaps knows when time is right; adieu to greatest cricketer/stats in mordern era.

  • POSTED BY yaseenpak on | December 25, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    good luck to kallis for his future.....hope he will be around till 2015 world cup....he is a great player to watch.....1 of the legend.....best of luck for the next match hope he will end his career on a high note by scoring some runs and south africa should win next match as a gift for kallis.....so he will remember his last match as a memory......best of luck to both teams.....hope to see india fighting and hope it will be another great match.....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    he should have retired from one days rather than test cricket

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    good decision to fit for odi game to retain a place for world cup

  • POSTED BY ketaann on | December 25, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    it's media rather than kallis's performance which resulted in his retirement.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    another legend retires .. #righttime

  • POSTED BY IndiaNumeroUno on | December 25, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Great player and will be sorely missed by cricket fans across the world... but what a bad time to announce his retirement... on the eve of an epic contest?!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    one of the greatest of all time.the best all rounder in recent times.take a bow #kingkallis.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Congratulations Kallis, what a player he is. One of the best ten players I have seen

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | December 25, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Oh no please, dont do it. There is a lot of test cricket left in you. Please please

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    woah!! that caught us all by surprise!!

  • POSTED BY Captain_Tuk_Tuk on | December 25, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    So many great players retiring in a row seems like it is the end of a golden era which have seen players like Sachin, Kallis, Pointing, Lee, Hussey. I will miss Kallis more than anyone else and I wish he continue to play all forms of cricket I don't like T20 cricket, I love Test cricket and Test without Kallis will never be same again.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    he should have retired after the aus series

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 25, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    Very sad news , he is a true legend

  • POSTED BY RoyRulez on | December 25, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    Please say this is false!!! :(

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    Another Legend of game retiring in 2013

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    He wont make it to the World Cup. Very great cricketer...but great alrounder no....too many tests too few wickets.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 25, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    Very sad news, he is a true legend

  • POSTED BY SaudFaruqi on | December 25, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    Excellent decision. I wish Asian players should also learn from Kallis and say their goodbyes when it is the right time to go. I have enjoyed watching him play.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    what an upset not only for SA but for cricket world another legend is leaving the cricket field.

  • POSTED BY Kassery on | December 25, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Thank you for all the cricket Jacques. You will always be one of the greatest.

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | December 25, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    He could have announced same for ODIs as well as WC-2015 seems very long ahead.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 25, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    A Legend..Good Luck for the other formats..(from Pakistan)

  • POSTED BY havalina on | December 25, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Most under-rated player in test cricket. Does everything well.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 25, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Tendulkar, Lara, Ponting, Warne, Dravid and now Kallis. End of an era.

  • POSTED BY WC96QF on | December 25, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    This is a shocker ! Test cricket will surely miss one of the greatest all rounders of all time. Probably the tight decision, hes still in control of his own fate. All the best Kallis ! Looking forward to watch your last match.

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | December 25, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    Good decision at right time. He is not at his prime form. SA has good in pool like Elgar, DeKock etc along with well-set Faf Duplessis. Have a nice last test, Kallis.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    one of the greats to have played the game

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    good bye kallis we miss you

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    good bye kallis we miss you

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    one of the greats to have played the game

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | December 25, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    Good decision at right time. He is not at his prime form. SA has good in pool like Elgar, DeKock etc along with well-set Faf Duplessis. Have a nice last test, Kallis.

  • POSTED BY WC96QF on | December 25, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    This is a shocker ! Test cricket will surely miss one of the greatest all rounders of all time. Probably the tight decision, hes still in control of his own fate. All the best Kallis ! Looking forward to watch your last match.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 25, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Tendulkar, Lara, Ponting, Warne, Dravid and now Kallis. End of an era.

  • POSTED BY havalina on | December 25, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Most under-rated player in test cricket. Does everything well.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 25, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    A Legend..Good Luck for the other formats..(from Pakistan)

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | December 25, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    He could have announced same for ODIs as well as WC-2015 seems very long ahead.

  • POSTED BY Kassery on | December 25, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Thank you for all the cricket Jacques. You will always be one of the greatest.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    what an upset not only for SA but for cricket world another legend is leaving the cricket field.