Ultimate Test XI Profile: Jacques Kallis (Batsman)

By UltimateXI May 14, 2020
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Not only is Jacques Kallis one of the best allrounders in the history of the game, but he is also widely considered one of the best batsmen of all time.

Few players who belong to the modern age are a better fit for the notion of the classical cricketer. Kallis had at his disposal both a rock-solid technique and a mind impervious to distraction, characteristics that have allowed him to score more than 13,000 Test runs.

Kallis announced himself as a batsman of international stature in his seventh Test, the drawn Boxing Day epic at Melbourne in 1997 when he scored a fighting 101 on a worn last-day pitch. Not even Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne could dislodge him before he had all but saved the match for South Africa.

Kallis played 166 Test matches and had a batting average of over 55 runs per innings.

From October to December 2007, he scored five centuries in four Test matches. With his century in the second innings of the third Test against India in January 2011, his 40th in all, he moved past Ricky Ponting to become the second-highest scorer of Test centuries, behind only Sachin Tendulkar's 51.

Kallis was named Leading Cricketer in the World in the 2008 Wisden for his performances in 2007 in addition to being the ICC Test Player of the Year and ICC Player of the Year in 2005.

Kallis became the fourth player and first South African to score 13,000 Test runs on the opening day of the first Test against New Zealand on January 2, 2013.

He was named one of the Wisden cricketers of the year in 2013.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Jacques Henry Kallis

Born: October 16, 1975, Pinelands, Cape Town, Cape Province

Major teams: South Africa, Africa XI, Cape Cobras, Glamorgan, ICC World XI, Kolkata Knight Riders, Middlesex, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sydney Thunder, Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel, Warriors, Western Province

Playing role: Allrounder

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm fast-medium

 

Test Career (Batting) - South Africa (1995-2013)

Mat    Inns    NO    Runs    HS    Ave      BF         SR        100s     50s          

166     280      40    13289   224   55.37    28903   45.97       45       58    

 

Career highlights

  • The only player to score 10, 000 runs and take over 200 wickets in both Tests and ODIs
  • Most Man of the Match Awards in Tests (23)
  • Amassed 13, 289 runs at an average of 55.37
  • Secured 292 wickets at 32.65

 

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