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Jacques Kallis
Kallis in 2015
Personal information
Full name Jacques Henry Kallis
Born 16 October 1975 (1975-10-16) (age 45)
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Nickname Jakes, Woogie, Kalahari
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm fast-medium
Role Batting all-rounder
International information
National side South Africa
Test debut (cap 262) 14 December 1995 v England
Last Test 26 December 2013 v India
ODI debut (cap 38) 9 January 1996 v England
Last ODI 12 July 2014 v Sri Lanka
T20I debut (cap 4) 21 October 2005 v New Zealand
Last T20I 2 October 2012 v India
Domestic team information
Years Team
1993/94–2003/04 Western Province
1997 Middlesex
1999 Glamorgan
2006/07–2007/08 Cape Cobras
2008–2010 Royal Challengers Bangalore
2008/09–2010/11 Warriors
2011–2014 Kolkata Knight Riders
2011/12–2013/14 Cape Cobras
2014/15–2015/16 Sydney Thunder
2015 Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 166 328 257 424
Runs scored 13,289 11,579 19,695 14,845
Batting average 55.37 44.36 54.10 43.53
100s/50s 45/58 17/86 62/97 23/109
Top score 224 139 224 155*
Balls bowled 20,232 10,750 29,033 13,673
Wickets 292 273 427 351
Bowling average 32.65 31.79 31.69 30.68
5 wickets in innings 5 2 8 3
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 6/54 5/30 6/54 5/30
Catches/stumpings 200/– 131/– 264/– 162/–

Jacques Henry Kallis (born 16 October 1975) is a South African cricket coach and former cricketer. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time and as South Africa's greatest batsman ever, he is a right-handed batsman and right-arm fast-medium swing bowler. As of 2020 he is the only cricketer in the history of the game to score more than 10,000 runs and take over 250 wickets in both ODI and Test match cricket; he also took 131 ODI catches. He scored 13,289 runs in his Test match career and took 292 wickets and 200 catches.

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 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. He has been described by Kevin Pietersen and Daryll Cullinan as the greatest cricketer to play the game, and along with Wally Hammond and Sir Garry Sobers is one of the few Test all-rounders whose Test batting average is over 50 and exceeds his Test bowling average by 20 or more.

Kallis became the fourth player and first South African to score 13,000 Test runs the opening day of the first Test against New Zealand on 2 January 2013. He was named one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2013. He retired from Test and first-class cricket after playing in the second test against India at Durban in December 2013; Kallis scored his 45th Test hundred in this match, making him one of the few batsmen to score a century in his final Test. He retired from all forms of international cricket on 30 July 2014. Kallis also featured for Wales, representing the nation against England in the 2002 Natwest Challenge, helping them to an 8 wicket victory with a return of 31–1 off 10 overs and a score of 3 in the run chase.

In December 2019, it was announced that Jacques Kallis would rejoin the South African national cricket team, The Proteas, as the team's batting consultant for the duration of the summer. In August 2020, he was inducted to the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

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