Left field

The Reuters global sports blog

Test cricket bids adieu to conqueror Kallis


Time has come for the world of test cricket to move on without its biggest conqueror – Jacques Kallis. He is arguably the greatest cricketer to have played the game  and his retirement ends a career that has been both revered and envied.

The 38-year-old has set a benchmark for excellence in cricket. His test record boasts of 13,289 runs from 166 matches at 55.37, which includes 45 hundreds, to go along with 292 wickets and 200 catches. Any test cricketer would easily settle for any one of the above statistical landmarks in their entire career, let alone all of them together.

While longevity and consistency set Kallis apart, his hunger for runs and wickets, almost-perfect technique and sound fitness levels ensured his performances never dropped.

The time he realised he wasn’t performing to the high standards he set himself, he decided to call it quits.