Jacques Kallis' Batting Records for South Africa in Test Cricket

Richard Morgan@Richiereds1976Contributor IJanuary 26, 2014

Jacques Kallis' Batting Records for South Africa in Test Cricket

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    Smiles better: Kallis is given a well-deserved lap of honour on his team-mates' shoulders after his final-ever Test match for South Africa
    Smiles better: Kallis is given a well-deserved lap of honour on his team-mates' shoulders after his final-ever Test match for South AfricaGallo Images/Getty Images

    When South Africa’s Jacques Kallis finally decided to retire from Test cricket in December 2013 after 166 matches and 13,289 runs, the all-rounder left behind him a mountain of batting records that will be hard to surpass over the coming years.

    And so in dedication to the 38-year-old Proteas legend, here are the remarkable records that Kallis left behind…

    * All stats provided by ESPN Cricinfo

Ton-Up, Jacques

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    LONDON - SEPTEMBER 7:  Jacques Kallis of South Africa is hit by the ball as he hits out during the fourth day of the fifth npower test match between England and South Africa at The AMP Oval Cricket Ground on September 7, 2003 in London. (Photo by Clive Ma
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    In 2003-04, Kallis scored centuries in five consecutive Tests matches, a record bettered only by the great Don Bradman, with the Australian having managed the feat in six successive Tests.

It’s Supposed to Be Harder Second Time Round

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    Kallis averages an incredible 56.26 in the second innings of Test matches, with only that man Bradman again holding a better record than the South African (a minimum requirement of 2,000 runs).

A Golden Run

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    Thirteen years ago, Kallis made 456 runs without being dismissed, which is the fourth-highest aggregate ever in the history of Test cricket, with scores of 157*, 42*, 189* and then 68.

    However, Sachin Tendulkar currently holds the record after the 497 runs that the Little Master managed in 2003-04 without losing his wicket.

Catch Me If You Can

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    The all-rounder’s half-century against Zimbabwe at Newlands in 2005, which came from just 24 balls, is still the fastest-ever fifty recorded in Test cricket in terms of balls faced. 

Going out on a High

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    Kallis’ 115 in his final-ever innings against India in Durban in December meant the veteran became just the fourth Proteas batsman to score a ton in his last-ever Test knock.

The Great Centurion

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    Kallis managed to record a Test hundred for South Africa in every calendar year between 1997, when he made his debut ton, and 2013 when he finally called it quits.

Best Batsman of the Noughties

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    Between January 1999 and December 2012, Kallis scored 11,961 runs in 136 Tests at an eye-catching average of 61.33, including 42 centuries and 51 fifties.

    Based on a minimum requirement of 5,000 runs, no other batsman in the world during that time could boast either a better Test average or more hundreds than the South African.

    Best batting averages between Jan 1999 and Dec 2012 (Min 5,000 runs)
    BatsmanTestsRunsAverageStrike rate100s/ 50s
    Jacques Kallis13611,96161.3346.9742/ 51
    Kumar Sangakkara11510,04555.8053.8430/ 41
    Brian Lara747,21254.6359.1924/ 23
    Inzamam-ul-Haq695,67054.5155.4919/ 25
    Sachin Tendulkar13110,89254.1854.3334/ 47
    Ricky Ponting14612,16954.0860.1039/ 55
    Shivnarine Chanderpaul1138,64354.0143.4525/ 44
    Mohammad Yousuf837,08253.2453.1023/ 29
    Matthew Hayden968,36452.9360.8529/ 29
    Michael Clarke886,91052.7455.9822/ 24
    Rahul Dravid14011,45552.5443.4934/ 48

Thou Shall Not Be Moved

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    In total, during his 166-Test career, Kallis faced 28,903 deliveries, during which time he was dismissed on 240 occasions, meaning the Proteas legend batted for an average of 120.43 balls per innings.

    Now, given a minimum requirement of having scored at least 7,000 Test runs from 1995 onwards, that means Kallis has been the second-hardest batsman to dislodge after India’s Rahul Dravid during the course of the last 19 years.

    Most balls faced per dismissal (Since 1995, at least 7000 balls faced)
    BatsmanTestsRunsAverageStrike rateBallsBalls per dis
    Rahul Dravid16413,28852.3142.5131,258123.06
    Jacques Kallis16613,28955.3745.9728,903120.43
    Shivnarine Chanderpaul14810,91651.9843.4725,106119.55
    Mark Richardson382,77644.7737.667,370118.87
    Hashan Tillakaratne553,13246.0540.357,762114.15
    Steve Waugh997,11555.1548.5014,669113.71
    Andy Flower534,20951.9645.759,199113.57
    Gary Kirsten906,62646.6643.8915,096106.31


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    In total, Kallis batted on 280 occasions in Test cricket, 170 of which came in his favoured No. 4 position in the South African lineup, with the result being the production of a staggering 9,033 runs at 61.86.

    And of those players who have scored a minimum of 4,000 Test runs, no other batsman in the history of the game can better the Proteas No. 4’s 60-plus average.

    Highest averages at No. 4 (Min 4,000 runs)
    BatsmanInningsRunsAverage100s/ 50s
    Jacques Kallis1709,03361.8635/ 36
    Greg Chappell864,31659.1215/ 19
    Sachin Tendulkar27513,49254.4044/ 58
    Javed Miandad1406,92554.1019/ 31
    Denis Compton864,23453.3913/ 20
    Inzamam-ul-Haq984,86752.9015/ 21
    Mahela Jayawardene1778,65652.4628/ 30
    Brian Lara1487,53551.2524/ 31

No Place Like Home

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    No other batsman in the history of Test cricket has scored more runs, at a better average, with more tons or half-centuries than Kallis managed in the 88 matches he played in South Africa.

    Most Test runs in South Africa
    BatsmanTestsRunsAverage100s/ 50s
    Jacques Kallis887,03556.7323/ 34
    Graeme Smith583,91443.4810/ 19
    Gary Kirsten523,38442.308/ 16
    AB de Villiers483,23644.949/ 19
    Herschelle Gibbs473,05541.289/ 10
    Mark Boucher753,00133.714/ 20
    Hashim Amla392,76145.269/ 16
    Daryll Cullinan362,36344.587/ 11

Subcontinental Drift

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    However, it was not just on home soil that Kallis reigned supreme, as no other non-Asian batsman has managed more than either his 2,058 runs or his eight centuries in Tests on the subcontinent.

    Most Test runs in Asia, for a non-Asian batsman
    BatsmanTestsRunsAverage100s/ 50s
    Jacques Kallis252,05855.628/ 8
    Ricky Ponting281,88941.975/ 10
    Shivnarine Chanderpaul271,85048.684/ 8
    Alastair Cook181,80256.317/ 7
    Allan Border221,79954.516/ 8
    Graeme Smith211,72849.374/ 7
    Matthew Hayden191,66350.394/ 8
    Clive Lloyd201,62962.654/ 7

Star Man

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    And last, but not least, no other player in the history of Test cricket has ever been handed more than Kallis’ 23 man-of-the-match awards during his 166 appearances for South Africa between 1995 and 2013.

    Most MoM awards in Tests (at least 8 awards)
    PlayerTestsMoM awardsRate
    Wasim Akram104176.12
    Mitchell Johnson5586.88
    Muttiah Muralitharan133197.00
    Curtly Ambrose98147.00
    Jacques Kallis166237.22
    Kumar Sangakkara117157.80
    Imran Khan88118.00
    Malcolm Marshall81108.10
    Aravinda de Silva93118.45
    Ian Botham102128.50
    Shane Warne145178.53

Tale of the Tape

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