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Jacques Henry Kallis
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Personal information
Full name Jacques Henry Kallis
Born 16 October 1975 (1975-10-16) (age 34)
Pinelands, Cape Town, South Africa
Nickname Jakes
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm fast-medium
Role All-rounder
International information
National side South Africa
Test debut (cap 262) 14 December 1995 v England
Last Test 14 February 2010 v India
ODI debut (cap 38) 9 January 1996 v England
Last ODI 10 November 2009 v Zimbabwe
ODI shirt no. 3
Domestic team information
Years Team
1993 – present Western Province / Cape Cobras
1999 Glamorgan
1997 Middlesex
2008- Royal Challengers Bangalore
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 137 295 227 387
Runs scored 10,843 10,409 17,195 13,430
Batting average 54.76 45.25 53.56 43.46
100s/50s 34/52 16/74 51/90 22/94
Top score 189* 139 200 155*
Balls bowled 17,550 9,898 26,285 12,707
Wickets 261 248 396 324
Bowling average 31.55 32.10 30.81 30.76
5 wickets in innings 5 2 8 3
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 6/54 5/30 6/54 5/30
Catches/stumpings 155/– 107/– 217/– 135/–
Source: CricketArchive, 10 November 2009

Jacques Henry Kallis (born 16 October 1975 in Pinelands, Cape Town, South Africa) is a South African cricketer. As an all-rounder he is a talented right-handed batsman and fast-medium swingbowler. He is the only cricketer in the history of the game to hold more than 10,000 runs and 250 wickets in both one day and Test match cricket.[1][2] Often criticised for his apparent unwillingness to dominate the opposition and score runs quickly, Kallis has demonstrated increasing willingness to attack with the bat in hand in recent years, and from October-December 2007 produced a streak of five centuries in four Test Matches; he has 34 in total. He 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.[3]


Early career

Kallis attended and played cricket for Wynberg Boys' High School.[4] As a teenager, Kallis had a brief spell with Netherfield CC in England where he established himself in Northern England but he was released. Kallis also played for Old Edwardians for a spell as a teenager, where coaching staff saw potential for him to become a first-class all rounder; later in his first season he was picked for South Africa U-21's as a 12th man. He made his first-class debut in 1993/94 as an 18-year-old, playing for Western Province. His first Test appearance was in December 1995 against England at Durban, but he struggled with the bat in his first few matches. His breakthrough came in 1997 with 61 against Pakistan, but more notably two matches later when he salvaged a draw for South Africa with a fighting century against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.[5]


Between 1998-2002, Jacques Kallis was one of the world's leading all-rounders, as seen in the ICC's Cricket ratings[1]. In 1998 he led South Africa to the ICC Champions Trophy title with two Man of the Match and the Player of the Series performances. The youngster was solid, without being spectacular, in the 1999 ICC Cricket World Cup, before a Player of the Series performance led South Africa to a stunning Test series victory against India in India in 2000. By late 2001 he was the world's number one ranked Test All-Rounder, having held the same ranking in ODIs for the best part of 3 years. During this time, "Kallis blossomed into arguably the world's leading batsman, with a defensive technique second-to-none, and the adhesive qualities of a Cape Point limpet. Generally a placid and undemonstrative man, he nailed down the crucial No. 3 position in the South African batting order after a number of players had been tried and discarded, and his stock rose exponentially from that moment."[6]


Kallis is only the third player in Test history (after Sir Donald Bradman , Mohammad Yousuf and Gautam Gambhir) to make a century in five consecutive matches, achieved in season 2003/04. In 2005 he set the record for the fastest half-century, as measured by balls faced, in Test cricket history, scoring 50 against Zimbabwe off only 24 balls.[7] In 2007 Kallis scored 5 centuries in 4 Tests, making him just the fourth man after Bradman, Ken Barrington and Matthew Hayden to score 4 centuries in 4 Tests on two different occasions. That Kallis holds these records belies his reputation as a defensive, unadventurous batsman of the old-fashioned type, something Kallis himself is determined to erase.[8] Regardless of style, Kallis has a remarkable batting average in the mid-50s, and is rated as one of the best batsmen in the world. Although still a very capable bowler with over 200 Test wickets, he impressed mostly with the bat between 2005-7. As a result, Kallis evolved into more of a batting all-rounder, a role in which he continued because of the emergence of Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, and Paul Harris. Kallis is the only man to score over 10000 runs and to take over 200 wickets in Test cricket. Sir Garfield Sobers managed over 8,000 runs and 200 wickets by comparison, at very similar averages.

In 2005 Kallis was selected for the World XI team to play an Asian XI in a benefit match for those affected by the tsunami of 2004, along with countryman Shaun Pollock. In the same year he was awarded the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the ICC player of the year. The award was shared with Andrew Flintoff of England, his only serious competitor as the world's leading all-rounder, after the votes of the academy were tied. Kallis also won the ICC Test Player of the Year award that year.[5]

Kallis was awarded the captaincy of South Africa for the third and final Test match against Australia in 2006 when Graeme Smith stood down with an injury. Kallis currently holds a number of South African cricket records, including most ODI and Test runs, highest ODI and second highest Test batting average and most Test centuries by a South African.[9]

In the 2007 World Cup Kallis was South Africa's leading run scorer with 485 runs at 80.83. He was, however, criticized in the press for some slow performances which cost South Africa momentum at key stages in the tournament. In August 2007 he was omitted from the 15 man South Africa squad for 2007 ICC World Twenty20, and consequently quit as the Proteas' vice captain. He was restored to the team for the Test series against Pakistan, where he smashed three centuries in four innings and was awarded Man of the Match twice and Player of the Series to underscore his importance to the South African cause.


Kallis endured an uncharacteristically poor 2008 with the bat, averaging well under thirty for much of it. Against the ninth-ranked Bangladesh, he averaged just 25.75 in four Test outings. He also played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, where he averaged 16.85 runs per innings with the bat and 55.5 runs per wicket with the ball at an economy rate of 9.65 [2] in the 7 matches he played before he was dropped.


Home and away series against Australia (2008–09)

South Africa toured Australia for a three-match Test series and five-match ODI series starting in December 2008. The tourists had a successful 9–2 Test win-loss ratio in 2008; however, Australia had just come off a 2–0 away series defeat against India, and had a 5–3 ratio for the calendar year.[10][11] Prior to the series, Kallis had a batting average of 38.32 in 18 Tests against the number one ranked team, substantially lower than his overall average of 55.06. In spark of an average of 124.50 in 12 Tests against lowly ranked Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, former Australia fast-bowler Rodney Hogg labeled the all-rounder "a flat-track bully, who dishes it out to the minnows like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe but goes missing against the Australians."[12] In the First Test starting on 17 December, Kallis scored 63 in South Africa's first innings, before he was dismissed by Mitchell Johnson, in the midst of a bowling spell consisting of 5/2 in 20 balls.[13] After failing to make a breakthrough in Australia's first innings, Kallis took 3/24 in their second, while completing four catches in the match. He then scored 57, while being involved in a 124 run partnership with AB de Villiers, as South Africa chased down 414, the second-highest fourth-innings run-chase in Test history.[14][15][16] In the second Test in Melbourne starting on Boxing Day, Kallis struggled to be potent in Australia's first innings, taking 1/55. While making a start in his teams first dig, he managed only 26, before taking 2/57 when the home-side batted again. Chasing just 183, Kallis was not required to bat, as South Africa completed their first Test series victory in Australia.[17][18] In Australia's 103 run Third Test victory in Sydney, Kallis struggled, taking 1/54 and 0/13 with the ball, while scoring 37 and four with the bat.[19]

The win was South Africa's 11th in a year in which they drew with India in India, defeated England in England, Australia in Australia and also recorded series wins over West Indies and Bangladesh. Kallis featured in all of those matches and remains an integral part of the champion side's set-up.[20]

Kallis is still the world's highest rated all-rounder in both forms of the game.

Scholarship Foundation

The Jacques Kallis Scholarship Foundation was established in Kallis' benefit year with the aim of combining the academic and life skills programmes of existing school structures with funding and mentoring support from Jacques Kallis. In so doing, the Foundation with its partners, hopes to provide talented youngsters from all walks of life the opportunity to reach their full sporting and academic potential [3].

Currently, the Jacques Kallis Scholarship Foundation sponsors 2 boys from Pretoria Boys High School, 2 from Maritzburg College and 2 from Selborne College. Jacques Kallis partakes in annual fundraising events for his Foundation, to which he invites fellow South African celebrities and cricketers like Mark Boucher and Andre Nel.

Test Centuries

Jacques Kallis's Test Centuries[21]
Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
[1] 101 7  Australia Melbourne, Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground 1997
[2] 132 17  England Manchester, England Old Trafford 1998
[3] 110 23  West Indies Cape Town, South Africa Sahara Park Newlands 1999
[4] 148* 26  New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand AMI Stadium 1999
[5] 115 29  Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club 1999
[6] 105 33  England Cape Town, South Africa Sahara Park Newlands 2000
[7] 160 40  New Zealand Bloemfontein, South Africa Basin Reserve 2000
[8] 157* 51  Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club 2001
[9] 189* 52  Zimbabwe Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Bulawayo Athletic Club 2001
[10] 139* 62  Bangladesh Potchefstroom, South Africa North West Cricket Stadium 2002
[11] 105 65  Pakistan Durban, South Africa Sahara Stadium Kingsmead 2002
[12] 158 72  West Indies Johannesburg, South Africa Wanderers Stadium 2003
[13] 177 73  West Indies Durban, South Africa Sahara Stadium Kingsmead 2003
[14] 130* 74  West Indies Cape Town, South Africa Sahara Park Newlands 2004
[15] 130* 75  West Indies Centurion, South Africa SuperSport Park 2004
[16] 150* 76  New Zealand Hamilton, New Zealand Seddon Park 2004
[17] 121 82  India Kolkata, India Eden Gardens 2004
[18] 162 84  England Durban, South Africa Sahara Stadium Kingsmead 2004
[19] 149 85  England Cape Town, South Africa Sahara Park Newlands 2005
[20] 136* 87  England Centurion, South Africa SuperSport Park 2005
[21] 109* 90  West Indies Georgetown, Guyana Bourda 2005
[22] 147 93  West Indies St John's, Antigua Antigua Recreation Ground 2005
[23] 111 96  Australia Sydney, Australia Sydney Cricket Ground 2006
[24] 114 98  Australia Cape Town, South Africa Sahara Park Newlands 2006
[25] 155 108  Pakistan Karachi, Pakistan National Stadium 2007
[26] 100*
[27] 107* 109  Pakistan Lahore, Pakistan Gaddafi Stadium 2007
[28] 186 110  New Zealand Johannesburg, South Africa Wanderers Stadium 2007
[29] 131 111  New Zealand Centurion, South Africa SuperSport Park 2007
[30] 132 118  India Ahmedabad, India Sardar Patel Stadium 2008
[31] 102 131  Australia Cape Town, South Africa Sahara Park Newlands 2009
[32] 120 132  England Centurion, South Africa SuperSport Park 2009
[33] 108 134  England Cape Town, South Africa Sahara Park Newlands 2010
[34] 173 136  India Nagpur, India VCA Stadium 2010

One Day International Centuries

Jacques Kallis's One Day International Centuries[22]
Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
[1] 111 32  New Zealand Perth, Australia WACA Ground 1998
[2] 109* 37  Pakistan Durban, South Africa Sahara Stadium Kingsmead 1998
[3] 113* 50  Sri Lanka Dhaka, Bangladesh Bangabandhu National Stadium 1998
[4] 100 59  New Zealand Dunedin, New Zealand Carisbrook 1999
[5] 100 64  New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand Eden Park 1999
[6] 100* 117  Sri Lanka Paarl, South Africa Boland Bank Park 2001
[7] 107 123  West Indies St George's, Grenada Queen's Park 2001
[8] 104* 141  Australia Perth, Australia WACA Ground 2002
[9] 107 175  England London, England The Oval 2003
[10] 125* 176  Zimbabwe Canterbury, England St Lawrence Ground 2003
[11] 109* 186  West Indies Cape Town, South Africa Sahara Park Newlands 2004
[12] 139 190  West Indies Johannesburg, South Africa Wanderers Stadium 2004
[13] 101 201  Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 2004
[14] 119 239  India Durban, South Africa Sahara Stadium Kingsmead 2006
[15] 128* 248  Netherlands Basseterre, St Kitts Warner Park 2007
[16] 121* 272  West Indies Port Elizabeth, South Africa St George's Park 2008
[17] 104* 298  India Ahmedabad, India Sardar Patel Stadium 2010


Jacques Kallis has achieved the following career best rankings in the Cricket ratings as determined by the International Cricket Council 3:

  • Test Batting: career best 1st; career high points 935
  • Test Bowling: career best 6th; career high points 742
  • Test All-rounders: career best 1st; career high points 615
  • ODI Batting: career best 1st; career high points 817
  • ODI Bowling: career best 11th; career high points 641
  • ODI All-rounders: career best 1st
An innings-by-innings breakdown of Kallis' Test match batting career, showing runs scored (red bars) and the average of the last ten innings (blue line).


  1. ^ Tests - 1000 runs, 50 wickets and 50 catches, Cricinfo, Retrieved on 21 November 2007
  2. ^ ODIs - 1000 runs, 50 wickets and 50 catches, Cricinfo, Retrieved on 21 November 2007
  3. ^ http://content-nz.cricinfo.com/ausvrsa2008_09/content/player/45789.html
  4. ^ "Who’s Who of Southern Africa" (in English) (HTML). 24.com. http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=5015. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  5. ^ a b Player Profile, Cricinfo, Retrieved on 21 November 2007
  6. ^ http://content-nz.cricinfo.com/ausvrsa2008_09/content/player/45789.html
  7. ^ Tests - Fastest fifties, Cricinfo, Retrieved on 21 November 2007
  8. ^ Kallis, the keystone of South Africa's batting, Cricinfo, Retrieved on 21 November 2007
  9. ^ Records and Statistics, Cricinfo, Retrieved on 21 November 2007
  10. ^ "Australia bank on batting prowess", Cricinfo, 16 December 2008, accessed 11 November 2009
  11. ^ "Australia face major challenge at home", Cricinfo, 16 December 2008, accessed 11 November 2009
  12. ^ "Does Kallis really go missing against Australia?", Cricinfo, 12 December 2008, accessed 11 November 2009
  13. ^ "Johnson's magnificent seven stun South Africa?", Cricinfo, 18 December 2008, accessed 11 November 2009
  14. ^ "de Villiers exorcises demons with record-breaking chase", Cricinfo, 21 December 2008, accessed 11 November 2009
  15. ^ "Absolutely Brilliant, AB", SuperSport, 21 December 2008, accessed 11 November 2009
  16. ^ "South Africa in Australia Test Series - 1st Test - 2008/09", Cricinfo, accessed 11 November 2009
  17. ^ "South Africa in Australia Test Series - 2nd Test - 2008/09", Cricinfo, accessed 11 November 2009
  18. ^ "Smith leads South Africa to drought-breaking success", Cricinfo, 30 December 2008, accessed 11 November 2009
  19. ^ "South Africa in Australia Test Series - 3rd Test - 2008/09", Cricinfo, accessed 11 November 2009
  20. ^ http://sport.iafrica.com/cricket/satourtooz/features/1412060.htm
  21. ^ Statsguru: Jacques Kallis, Cricinfo, 12 March 2010.
  22. ^ Statsguru: Jacques Kallis, Cricinfo, 12 March 2010.

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Preceded by
Rahul Dravid
Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy
2005 (joint with Andrew Flintoff)
Succeeded by
Ricky Ponting


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