Kallis announces retirement from international cricket

"I realised in Sri Lanka that my dream of playing in a World Cup was a bridge too far"

“I realised in Sri Lanka that my dream of playing in a World Cup was a bridge too far”

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South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis has announced his retirement from all three formats of international cricket.

Kallis, who is arguably the best all-rounder the game has ever seen, retired from Test cricket last December and decided to call time on his limited overs career after his poor performance in Sri Lanka. During that series, Kallis only scored five runs in three ODIs at a dismal average of 1.66.

Kallis represented South Africa in 328 ODIs and scored 11,579 runs, which included 17 centuries and 86 half-centuries, at a brilliant average of 44.36.

He also played 25 Twenty20 Internationals and amassed 666 runs, which included five half-centuries, at an average of 35.05.

Kallis was intent on playing in the 2015 World Cup, but he decided to call it a day after scoring 0, 1 and 4 in Sri Lanka.

“I realised in Sri Lanka that my dream of playing in a World Cup was a bridge too far,” Kallis said in a statement. “Ï just knew on that tour that I was done. The squad that was in Sri Lanka is an amazing one and I believe they have a good chance of bringing the trophy home in March.

“I would like to thank Cricket South Africa, the team, the team sponsors, my sponsors, the fans and all the people who have been involved in my career. It has been an amazing journey.

“I am not retiring from all cricket as I have a two-year contract with the Sydney Thunder and, if possible, to help the Kolkata Knight Riders defend the IPL title we won earlier this year.”

Cricket South Africa chief executive Haroon Lorgat paid tribute to Kallis, saying: “South Africa has been blessed with one of the world’s greatest cricketing talents in Jacques Kallis. He is undeniably one of the greatest players ever to have graced our wonderful game and he has certainly been the Proteas standard-bearer of excellence for nearly two decades.

“He has played a huge part in making cricket a truly national sport of winners and, in doing so, contributed so much to the important process of nation building. He is a true professional and it has been an absolute privilege to have worked with him both as Convener of selectors and now as chief executive.

“To say that we will miss him on the playing field is stating the obvious. Each one of us from this day on will treasure the many fond memories of his awesome career.”

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