AB de Villiers passes 8000 Test run in the second Test at Cape Town © Getty Images
AB de Villiers became third South African to get 8000 Test runs © Getty Images

In his innings of 71* not out AB de Villiers became the third South African Test player to get 8,000 Test runs. De Villiers who need just 50 runs before the start of second Test against England at Cape Town. De Villiers got to his 8,000 with a four, coinciding with this was also his 39th Test half -century in Tests. De Villiers has so far played 102 matches for South Africa has 8,007* runs at  an average of  51.65. De Villiers also has  21 Test tons to go with his 39 half centuries.  Live Cricket Scorecard: South Africa vs England, 2nd Test at Cape Town

The most Test runs for South Africa is headed by Jacques Kallis who has 13,206 runs in 165 matches for South Africa playing from 1995-2013. Kallis is also second in all -time list of most Test centuries 45 centuries only behind India’s Sachin Tendulkar 49. Second on list for most Test runs for South Africa is Greame Smith who has 9,253 from 116 Tests, including 27 hundreds.Smith played for South Africa from 2002-2014. Coming below De Villiers is Gary Kirsten who has 7,289 runs from 101 matches, playing for South Africa from 1993-2004.  Kirsten had also scored 21 centuries in his career spanning 11 years. Live Cricket Score, South Africa vs England 2015-16, 2nd Test, Day 3 at Cape Town

Coming a close below Kirsten is South Africa’s current Test skipper Hashim Amla who also crossed the 7,000 run mark in his on-going innings of 110*. Amla has 7,008* runs in 90 Tests at an impressive average of 50.78, including 24 Test tons.

Most runs
Player Span Mat Runs Ave 100
Jaques Kallis 1995-2013 165 13206 55.25 45
Greame Smith 2002-2014 116 9253 48.7 27
AB de Villiers 2004-2016 104* 8007 51.65 21
Gary Kirsten 1993-2004 101 7289 45.27 21
Hashim Amla 2004-2016 90* 7008 50.78 24

South Africa face a daunting task of getting near England’s score of 629 for 6 decl as AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla batting at 71* and 110* respectively with South Africa placed at 236 for 2 still trailing England by 395 runs on Day 3 of the second Test at Cape Town. Amla and De Villiers have so far put 153* runs for third wicket.