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Jacques Kallis

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No batsman prizes his wicket more highly, and no wicket in all of cricket is more highly prized.

Jacques Kallis is the broad-shouldered colossus of the South African team, a figure whose looming presence inspires calm in some and dread in others. Few players who belong to the modern age are a better fit for the notion of the classical cricketer.

Kallis is a fine, forceful batsman who has at his disposal both a rock-solid technique and a mind impervious to distraction. In the slips, his sure-handedness and rattlesnake reflexes make ridiculous catches look regulation. Kallis’ record shows he was the greatest all-rounder the world has seen, but maybe not as entertaining as some of his competitors.

Kallis announced himself as a batsman of international stature in his seventh Test, the drawn Boxing Day epic at Melbourne in 1997, when he scored a fighting 101 on a worn last-day pitch. Not even Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne could dislodge him before he had all but saved the match for South Africa.

OUR EVENTS WITH JACQUES KALLIS

England Cricket Tour To South Africa

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