Jacques Kallis set to retire from all test cricket

Last updated 05:00 26/12/2013
South Africa's Jacques Kallis celebrates after becoming only the fourth batsman in history to score 13,000 runs in Test cricket during day one of the first test against New Zealand at Newlands.
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VETERAN: Jacques Kallis will retire from test cricket after the Boxing Day test.

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South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis will retire from test and first-class cricket after the Boxing Day test against India in Durban, the country's cricket board said on Wednesday.

Kallis, cricket's fourth highest test run-getter, would be available, however, for selection in the limited-over formats, Cricket South Africa said in a statement.

"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," said the 38-year-old, who has amassed 13174 runs and taken 292 wickets from 165 tests.

"I have enjoyed every moment out in the middle but I just feel that the time is right to hang up my test whites," said the all-rounder who has also accumulated 11574 runs from 325 one-day internationals.

"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."

After the first test ended in a draw, world number one Proteas take on India in the second and final test on Thursday.

They will host Australia for three tests and as many Twenty20 internationals in a series starting in February.

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