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    Kallis to quit Test Cricket after Durban Boxing Day match against India


    Jacques Kallis will retire from Test cricket after the Boxing Day match against India. The allrounder 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.

    Jacques Kallis to retire after Durban Boxing Day Test

    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 made his Test debut against England in December 1995 and has since 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 also contributed as a bowler, taking 292 Test wickets at an average of 32.53. With 199 catches, Kallis is ranked only behind Rahul Dravid in the list of fielders with most catches in Test cricket.

    Russell Domingo, the South Africa coach, said the team would miss Kallis’ presence 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. I’m not sure we will ever see another player of that stature very soon,” Domingo said. “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 and called 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.”

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