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England batting consultant Jacques Kallis regrets enforced South Africa exit

South Africa role ‘fell away’ because of affirmative action policy Kallis: ‘It’s tough but we understand where it comes from’Jacques Kallis, the legendary all-rounder who is working as England’s batting consultant for the Test series in Sri Lanka, has …

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Alastair Cook becomes first English cricketer to reach 10,000 Test runs

• England captain passes mark in second Test against Sri Lanka
• Cook becomes the 12th Test batsman to join the 10,000 club
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Alastair Cook has become the first Englishman past 10,000 in Test cricket on the fourth day of the second Test against Sri Lanka at the Riverside.

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Jacques Kallis stars as Sydney Thunder dominate Perth Scorchers

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Sport picture of the day: howzat?

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Jacques Kallis adds one-day and T20 to Test cricket retirement

South Africa all-rounder calls it a day at 38 Playing in 2015 World Cup a bridge too far Continue reading…

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South Africa clinch series against India as Kallis signs off in style

• World No1 wins by 10 wickets in Durban
• Petersen and Smith knock off 58 runs required

Jacques Kallis finished a winner in his final Test as South Africa beat India by 10 wickets to take the best-of-two series 1-0 in Durban. The all-rounder also marked his final Test appearance with a century as the world’s No1 side claimed a dominant win after the first Test in Johannesburg ended in a draw.

Alviro Petersen and the captain Graeme Smith were the unbeaten batsman as the home side wrapped up the win in the final session of day five after claiming the eight wickets they needed to set up the victory push.

Petersen was unbeaten on 31 and Smith made 27 as the home side made 59 without loss to celebrate Kallis’ retirement in style.

Kallis, 38, had announced on Christmas Day that the match would be his final one and responded with a century as the home side hit 500 in reply to India’s 334.

A fine morning with the ball set up South Africa’s victory charge and when the tourists were dismissed for 223 in the afternoon session, it left South Africa in sight of victory.

India had started the day on 68 for two, but lost Virat Kohli to the first ball. He was adjudged to have got a faint contact to Dale Steyn’s delivery and AB de Villiers claimed the catch to dismiss him for 11.

India had added only three runs to the total when Steyn struck again, this time removing Cheteshwar Pujara who had failed to add to his overnight score of 32.

Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane put on 33 for the fifth wicket before the former was trapped lbw by Vernon Philander for 25.

Robin Peterson took the valuable wicket of the captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni when he was caught and bowled for 15 with the total on 146, leaving India in a precarious position.

Things got worse for the tourists as they also lost Ravindra Jadeja for eight with 154 on the scoreboard.

Rahane remained their only real hope of saving the Test as he was unbeaten on 50 at the lunch interval with Zaheer Khan not out two.

They put on 35 before Khan was trapped lbw by Peterson for three and Ishant Sharma (one) fell to the Steyn and de Villiers partnership.

Rahane was last man out for 96 with the total on 223. Peterson finished with four for 74 and Steyn and Vernon Philander took three each.

India’s dismissal left South Africa needing 58 to win and they had scored 19 without loss by tea. Petersen and Smith finished the job early in the final session with a flurry of boundaries to complete a dominant performance.

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Jacques Kallis hits farewell century for South Africa against India

• South African makes 115 before being applauded off
• Kallis moves to third on the scorers list at Durban Test

Jacques Kallis has scored a century in his final Test as South Africa take on India on day four of the second match in Durban.

Kallis announced that he would bring down the curtain on his Test career on Christmas Day and was given a guard of honour as he walked to the crease in the morning session on Saturday. And almost 24 hours later, he brought up his 45th Test ton with a nudge through mid-on off Ravindra Jadeja to bring up the landmark off 273 balls with 13 fours.

That left the hosts 342 for five after 120 overs in reply to India’s first-innings total of 334, a lead of eight runs with five wickets remaining. Kallis eventually fell for 115 as the hosts moved on to 395 for seven in the 20 more overs before lunch.

They had begun the day on 299 for five and Kallis, along with nightwatchman Dale Steyn, set about edging South Africa towards a first-innings lead. The scoring was slow but fast-bowler Steyn was making a contribution as he matched his more illustrious partner in finding the boundary in the early stages. And he was quick to embrace Kallis when he brought up his ton with all of the Indian team applauding the man who at the time was the fourth-highest run-scorer in Test history.

Steyn continued to find the boundary as Kallis made calmer progress and, with a single off the final ball of the 132nd over, the latter overtook Rahul Dravid to move to third on the scorers list with 13,289 runs to his name. He fell just three balls later, however, as he top-edged a Jadeja delivery into the gloves of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The 38-year-old exited to rapturous applause as his team-mates came to greet him on his way back to the pavilion.

There was still business to be done in the middle and Steyn was next to go for 44 as he lashed at a wide one from Zaheer Khan with Dhoni claiming the catch. That left Robin Peterson and Faf du Plessis (both five not out) at the crease and they saw the Proteas through to lunch.

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South Africa’s Jacques Kallis announces retirement from Test cricket

• Kallis to call it a day after Boxing Day Test against India
• He still hopes to play at 2015 World Cup, says coach

Jacques Kallis will retire from Test and first-class cricket after South Africa’s forthcoming second Test against India.

The 38-year-old, who has played 165 Test matches, said: “It’s been an honour and a privilege to have been part of the South Africa Test team since making my debut 18 years ago.

“I have enjoyed every moment out in the middle but I just feel that the time is right to hang up my Test whites.”

Kallis, who has confirmed he will remain available for selection in limited-overs formats for South Africa, made his Test debut at the age of 20 and has scored 13,174 runs and taken 292 wickets and 199 catches.

He explained: “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 I have made my contribution in this format. The last two years specifically have been a memorable journey with an exceptional group of cricketers.

“I am fortunate enough to have ended my Test career amongst a group of talented cricketers but more importantly, friends whom I will cherish for years to come.

“I don’t see it as goodbye because I still have a lot of hunger to push South Africa to that World Cup in 2015 – if I am fit and performing.”

Kallis, who had spells with Middlesex and Glamorgan in the 1990s, will bow out after the second Test against India, which starts on Boxing Day in Durban. The first Test in the two-match series ended in a thrilling draw.

South Africa’s coach, Russell Domingo, said: “The impact Jacques has made on South African cricket has been immense, not just as a player but as a human being. I’m not sure we will ever see another player of that stature very soon.

“Jacques’ calmness, maturity and presence in the changing room will sorely be missed and hopefully he will still be able to play a role in this team’s success in the near future.

“He has ambitions of playing in the 2015 World Cup and it will be important for us to manage him accordingly so that he is in prime form leading into the tournament.”

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