South African all-rounder, Jacques Kallis, has declared that the Boxing Day match against India is going to be the last Test match in his cricket career. This decision was announced by him on Wednesday at the beginning of the second Test against India. In his statement, he expressed his desire to play in the 2015 World Cup for South Africa.
Since making his debut against England in December 1995, Jacques Kallis has so far played 165 Test matches. In his long cricket career of eighteen years, he has scored 13174 runs at an average of 55.12, including 44 centuries and 58 half-centuries. He is currently the fourth highest run scorer in the longest format of cricket game, behind Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting and Rahul Dravid.
Kallis has shown excellent performance with the ball by taking 292 Test wickets so far at an average of 32.53. By capturing 199 Test catches, Kallis is at present taking the second position on the list of fielders with most catches in a career.
It should be hard to find any suitable player who can replace his position successfully after his retirement from the national squad. Not only the SA cricket team will be deprived of his service but also his teammates will miss his company. According to the SA coach, Russell Domingo, the team would miss Kallis’ presence in the dressing room.
Jacques Kallis has also been admired by Cricket South Africa's chief executive, Haroon Lorgat, who mentioned him South African cricket's “Rock of Gibraltar”.