Kallis Announces First-Class Retirement

Jacques Kallis
Jacques Kallis will call time on his first-class career following the second Test against India in Durban
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The Boxing Day Test between South Africa and India in Durban will be Jacques Kallis' final first-class match after the all-rounder confirmed his intention to retire from Test and first-class cricket.

Kallis, a veteran of 165 Tests, has played Test cricket for 18 years, scoring 13,174 runs, taking 292 wickets and claiming 199 catches.

“It’s been an honour and a privilege to have been part of the South African Test team since making my debut 18 years ago," Kallis said.

"I have enjoyed every moment out in the middle but I just feel that the time is right to hang up my Test whites.

"It wasn’t an easy decision to come to, especially with Australia around the corner and the success this team is enjoying, but I feel that I have made my contribution in this format."

His all-round skills helped South Africa to their current position of the number one ranked Test team in the world, holding down a position at number four in the batting order while also doing the work of a third or fourth fast bowler.

In all, he has played 256 first-class matches, scoring 19,580 runs and taking 427 wickets playing for South Africa, the ICC World XI, Western Province, Western Province B, Middlesex, Glamorgan, Western Province Boland and the Warriors.

He will remain available to play One-Day International cricket for the Proteas and is determined to continue as part of the 2015 World Cup squad.

"The last two years specifically have been a memorable journey with an exceptional group of cricketers,” Kallis added.

"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.

"I don’t see it as goodbye because I still have a lot of hunger to push South Africa to that World Cup in 2015 if I am fit and performing.

"Winning an IPL title with the Kolkata Knight Riders was a special achievement, and I am  still determined to taste that success with South Africa at an ICC event."

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