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Jacques Kallis bids adieu to Test cricket

Jacques Kallis retired from Tests on Christmas day 2013 bring the curtains down on a magnificent 18 year old career.

 

Without a doubt one of the greatest all rounders to play the game, Kallis will be available for the shorter format. After a spate of cricket legends retiring from the game, the game of cricket goes into 2014 as a poorer sport.

 

Kallis was quoted as saying by cricket.co.za, “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. 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.”

 

Kallis made his Test debut as a 20 year-old and has scored 13,174 runs, taken 292 wickets and 199 catches till now, with one Test left.

 

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

 

“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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