Jacques Kallis, the South African cricketer who lags behind only Sachin Tendulkar for Test centuries, plans to quit the longer form of the game after the second match in the series against India starting tomorrow.
Kallis, “unquestionably the greatest South African cricketer of the modern era and probably the greatest of all time,” according to Cricket South Africa, will remain available for selection in international limited-overs matches and hopes to play in the World Cup in 2015, CSA said on its website today.
“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, 38, said in the statement.
Kallis has played 165 five-day games for the national team since making his debut as a 20-year-old in 1995, scoring a South African record 13,174 runs at an average of more than 55 and taking 292 wickets, according to CSA. With 44 centuries in Tests, he has the most scores of 100 or more after India’s Tendulkar, who retired from international cricket in November. Kallis has also taken 199 catches as a fielder.
South Africa, the top ranked team in Tests, plays Australia after tomorrow’s final match in the series against India in Durban.