Jacques Kallis' Batting Records for South Africa in Test Cricket
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…
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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
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
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
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
The Great Centurion
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
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.
|Batsman||Tests||Runs||Average||Strike rate||100s/ 50s|
|Jacques Kallis||136||11,961||61.33||46.97||42/ 51|
|Kumar Sangakkara||115||10,045||55.80||53.84||30/ 41|
|Brian Lara||74||7,212||54.63||59.19||24/ 23|
|Sachin Tendulkar||131||10,892||54.18||54.33||34/ 47|
|Ricky Ponting||146||12,169||54.08||60.10||39/ 55|
|Shivnarine Chanderpaul||113||8,643||54.01||43.45||25/ 44|
|Mohammad Yousuf||83||7,082||53.24||53.10||23/ 29|
|Matthew Hayden||96||8,364||52.93||60.85||29/ 29|
|Michael Clarke||88||6,910||52.74||55.98||22/ 24|
|Rahul Dravid||140||11,455||52.54||43.49||34/ 48|
Thou Shall Not Be Moved
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.
|Batsman||Tests||Runs||Average||Strike rate||Balls||Balls per dis|
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.
|Jacques Kallis||170||9,033||61.86||35/ 36|
|Greg Chappell||86||4,316||59.12||15/ 19|
|Sachin Tendulkar||275||13,492||54.40||44/ 58|
|Javed Miandad||140||6,925||54.10||19/ 31|
|Denis Compton||86||4,234||53.39||13/ 20|
|Mahela Jayawardene||177||8,656||52.46||28/ 30|
|Brian Lara||148||7,535||51.25||24/ 31|
No Place Like Home
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.
|Jacques Kallis||88||7,035||56.73||23/ 34|
|Graeme Smith||58||3,914||43.48||10/ 19|
|Gary Kirsten||52||3,384||42.30||8/ 16|
|AB de Villiers||48||3,236||44.94||9/ 19|
|Herschelle Gibbs||47||3,055||41.28||9/ 10|
|Mark Boucher||75||3,001||33.71||4/ 20|
|Hashim Amla||39||2,761||45.26||9/ 16|
|Daryll Cullinan||36||2,363||44.58||7/ 11|
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.
|Jacques Kallis||25||2,058||55.62||8/ 8|
|Ricky Ponting||28||1,889||41.97||5/ 10|
|Shivnarine Chanderpaul||27||1,850||48.68||4/ 8|
|Alastair Cook||18||1,802||56.31||7/ 7|
|Allan Border||22||1,799||54.51||6/ 8|
|Graeme Smith||21||1,728||49.37||4/ 7|
|Matthew Hayden||19||1,663||50.39||4/ 8|
|Clive Lloyd||20||1,629||62.65||4/ 7|
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.
|Aravinda de Silva||93||11||8.45|
Tale of the Tape