Jacques Kallis retires July 30, 2014

Kallis retires from international cricket

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Jacques Kallis has announced his retirement from international cricket, across all three formats. The South Africa batsman had quit Tests late last year and decided to call time on his limited-overs career after the recent poor one-day tour of Sri Lanka.

Kallis will, however, continue to play T20 franchise cricket for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL and for Sydney Thunder in the BBL. He ends his ODI career with 11579 runs in 328 matches with 17 centuries and 86 fifties at an average of 44.36. He played 25 T20s, scoring 666 runs with five fifties. He is the only South African batsman with over 10,000 runs in Tests and ODIs. Kallis had played his final Test in December 2013 against India in Durban, finishing with 13,289 runs in 166 matches with 45 centuries, 58 fifties at an average of 55.37. His last T20 was in October 2012.

Kallis, 38, had plans of playing the 2015 World Cup and was part of South Africa's ODI plans in the build-up. However, he managed scores of just 0,1 and 4 in the three ODIs in Sri Lanka recently.

"I realised in Sri Lanka that my dream of playing in a World Cup was a bridge too far," Kallis said in a statement. "Ï just knew on that tour that I was done. The squad that was in Sri Lanka is an amazing one and I believe they have a good chance of bringing the trophy home in March.

"I would like to thank Cricket South Africa, the team, the team sponsors, my sponsors, the fans and all the people who have been involved in my career. It has been an amazing journey.

"I am not retiring from all cricket as I have a two-year contract with the Sydney Thunder and, if possible, to help the Kolkata Knight Riders defend the IPL title we won earlier this year."

Kallis' ODI future was in the balance last year when he went on a ODI hiatus for a year and nine months. He had opted out of the 2013 Champions Trophy for personal reasons and did not join the team for a limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka in August and the Pakistan series in the UAE. He used the winter break to reassess his future and spoke to coach Russell Domingo about playing one more global tournament. He thus made a return for the home ODIs against Pakistan and India towards the end of 2013. However, he was well below his best since his return, scoring just one fifty in seven games.

The national selectors were planning to rest a few players for the upcoming three-match bilateral ODI series in Zimbabwe, but send a full-strength squad for the tri-series to follow. The challenge for the selectors was to build the team around Kallis and in the past, Faf du Plessis was left out to accommodate him.

"South Africa has been blessed with one of the world's greatest cricketing talents in Jacques Kallis," said CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat. "He is undeniably one of the greatest players ever to have graced our wonderful game and he has certainly been the Proteas standard-bearer of excellence for nearly two decades.

"He has played a huge part in making cricket a truly national sport of winners and, in doing so, contributed so much to the important process of nation building. He is a true professional and it has been an absolute privilege to have worked with him both as Convener of selectors and now as chief executive."

"To say that we will miss him on the playing field is stating the obvious. Each one of us from this day on will treasure the many fond memories of his awesome career."

Though he had an illustrious career as a batsman, spanning close to 19 years, he was never a full-time captain. He led the side in two Tests, both at home against Australia, and 13 ODIs as a stop-gap.

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  • Dummy4 on August 3, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    Kallis is one of the greatest players in all time list. A genuine all rounder with an amazing ability both mentally and physically. Batting at no.3, fast medium bowling and a pair of safe hands at slips. How many of this kind of players we see at international level at any given time? With such an ability, he has always remained a gentlemen in the game and always remained a team man, the very reason you are retiring today to pave way to a fellow player who can possibly contribute more in achieving SA's long term dream of world cup title.

    Hat off to you Kallis and players like you are absolutely rare and we are lucky to have witnessed you playing, certainly being a treat to watch!!!

  • Devanand on August 1, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    Jacques Kallis.... have never seen Garry Sobers playing... but you filled in his boots perfectly...The modern Garry Sobers , what a performer, with the bat and ball.. a big salute to you..

  • Prashan on August 1, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    The greatest ever all rounder in cricket for sure and thanks a lot for the fond memories. Hope you become a commentator.

  • Android on August 1, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    Jacq Kallis is d best in the world. Thx for making entertainment all these years JK we miss u and v all love u

  • Dummy4 on August 1, 2014, 1:56 GMT

    As a huge cricket fan,its shocking that d author fails to mention about his(kallis) bowling records in this column.kallis is a wicket taking bowler...i love his bowling very much.......he has changed the match whenever he comes to bowls...whats very interesting is his records and stats as a batsman is more class compared to best batsman in the world..do his bowling records and stats too...Miss ur game gentleman!!!

  • paul on July 31, 2014, 21:37 GMT

    Once quoted as saying..'I'm not interested in stats'.. but also admitted that he might when he'd finished look back on his career with some satisfaction?. Well he deserves to as his numbers make PHENOMENAL reading. Indeed they are unlikely EVER to be surpassed in the all rounder category. Talk about the Sobers the Bothams, the Hadlees, the Khans, the Akrams,..and all the subjective variables apart.. he is at the very least right up there with and arguably better than all of them. He batted all his career in the top 4, stood at second slip, bowled fast (at his peak) a batting average in both formats which is much...Sangakarra apart... superior to all his contempories, and finished with bowling stats most front line specialist bowlers would have been happy with. As one of his admirers there is a part of me that is glad he has retired as he can now get & is receiving the kind of plaudits that his achievements should be recognised for...quite simply as a true great!

  • Altaf on July 31, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    He is now in line with legends. He will be model cricketer for decades to come.

  • Altaf on July 31, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    After WC 2003, retirement of Kirsten and Jonty, two backbone batsmen made him taking more responsibility as batsman rather than all-rounder. Otherwise he would have 400 wickets in both the formats.

  • Altaf on July 31, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    He took the decision in favour his team, nation instead of personal ambition of playing WC 15. He knew he is out of form and Faf is unnecessarily blocked. Recent double series victory in Srilanka assured him that team is well balanced and need get to go. Wise decision Kallis, well done...

  • S on July 31, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    With Kallis saying goodbye, all modern era legends have retired now. We're gonna miss the golden days of top quality cricket. Thank you for the entertainment Kallis.