South African all rounder Jacques Kallis has announced his retirement from Test match cricket after the Boxing Day test against India on Wednesday.
Kallis who has announced his retirement on the eve of the second test match has stated that he still would like to play in the ODI till 2015 World Cup for South Africa.
Kallis who is taken as one of the greatest all rounder of the game made his test debut against England in December 1995.
Kallis has played 165 tests and has scored 13174 runs at an average of 55.12 with 44 centuries and 58 half centuries. Kallis is the second most centuries scorer in test matches after Legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar while he is in fourth on leading run scorer in test matches.
He is the highest run scorer from his country till the date.
Apart from this Kallis has 292 test wickets with an average of 32.53. As an fielder Kallis has 199 catches in his name and is second in the list after Rahul Dravid.
Issuing a statement Kallis said, “it was not an easy decision to retire from test. But I fell this is the right time. I do not think this is good bye. I still have desire to play and score runs in ODI till 2015 if I get fit and will be able to perform.”