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Jacques Kallis scores century in last Test; fourth South African to achieve the feat

Jacques Kallis is the fourth South African to achieve the feat © AFP
Jacques Kallis was unbeaten on 78 on Day Three and continued his innings with the same intensity on Day Four to complete a century in his last Test © AFP

 

Dec 29, 2013

 

Jacques Kallis completed his 45th Test ton in his final Test for South Africa on Day Four of the second Test against India at Durban. Kallis who announced his retirement before the start of the Test looked in sublime form displaying his skills dealing against the spin of Ravindra Jadeja and the reverse swing of pacers. Kallis is the fourth South African to score a ton in his last Test.

 

Kallis has had a healthy record at Durban averaging over 50 with five centuries and two half-centuries. The legend walked in to bat to a guard of honour by the Indian team and the umpires after the dismissal of Hashim Amla on Day Three. He was watchful at the start with Jadeja getting some purchase from the wicket. He shared a crucial fourth-wicket stand of 127 runs with AB de Villiers (74). Kallis was unbeaten on 78 when play ended early on Day Three due to rain. Along with Dale Steyn, Kallis continued his innings calmly playing his usual cover drives and looked at ease except when Jadeja got the odd ball to move away sharply.

 

Pieter van der Bijl (125), Barry Richards (126) and Lee Irvine (102) are the other South Africans who scored a century in their last Test match.

 

Players who scored century in last Test

 

Player Score Team Opposition Venue Year
Henry Wood 134* England South Africa Cape Town 1892
Arthur Hill 124 England South Africa Cape Town 1896
Reggie Duff 146 Australia England Birmingham 1905
John Sharp 105 England  Australia Birmingham 1909
Charles Russell 140 & 111 England  South Africa Durban 1923
Geoffrey Legge 196 England  New Zealand Auckland 1930
Andy Sandham 325 England  West Indies Kingston 1930
Frank Martin 123* West Indies  Australia Sydney 1931
Bill Ponsford 266 Australia  England The Oval 1934
Morris Leyland 187 England  Australia The Oval 1938
Pieter van der Bijl 125 South Africa  England Durban 1939
Kenneth Weekes 137 West Indies  England The Oval 1939
Andy Ganteaume 112 West Indies  England Port of Spain 1948
Winston Place 107 England  West Indies Kingston 1948
Vijay Merchant 154 India  England Delhi 1951
Raman Subba Row 137 England  Australia The Oval 1961
Vijay Manjrekar 102* India  New Zealand Chennai 1965
Colin Milburn 139 England  Pakistan Karachi 1969
Seymour Nurse 258 West Indies  New Zealand Christchurch 1969
Barry Richards 126 South Africa  Australia Port Elizabeth 1970
Lee Irvine 102 South Africa  Australia Port Elizabeth 1970
Rodney Redmond 107 New Zealand  Pakistan Auckland 1973
Ian Redpath 101 Australia  West Indies Melbourne 1976
Greg Chappell 182 Australia  Pakistan Sydney 1984
Mohammad Azharuddin 102 India  South Africa Bangalore 2000
Murray Goodwin 148* Zimbabwe  England Nottingham 2000
Saeed Anwar 101 Pakistan  Bangladesh Multan 2001
Aravinda de Silva 206 Sri Lanka  Bangladesh Colombo 2002
Martin Love 100* Australia  Bangladesh Cairns 2003
Nasser Hussain 103* England  New Zealand Lord’s 2004
Jason Gillespie 201* Australia  Bangladesh Chittagong 2006
Phil Jaques 108 Australia  West Indies Bridgetown 2008
**Jacques Kallis 100*  South Africa India Durban 2013

 

**Updated after Jacques Kallis completed his hundred in the first innings of second Test against India at Durban, Dec 29, 2013

 

In PhotosMemorable moments of Jacques Kallis’s Test career

 

Catch live streaming of the 1st Test between India and South Africa here

 

Catch live score and ball-by-ball commentary of Day 4 on second Test here

 

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