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It's right time to retire from Test cricket: Jacques Kallis

Monday, 30 December 2013 - 10:57pm IST | Place: DURBAN | Agency: PTI
He said the decision to quit from Test cricket was his own though he consulted his team-mates.

South Africa's legendary all-rounder Jacques Kallis, who bid adieu to Test cricket after helping his side to a series-clinching win in the second Test against India, said it was right time to call it quits from the longest format of the game as his body and mind was losing the "edge".

"I just felt I lost that little bit of an edge, because mentally it is quite tough over the five days. If I can't give 100%, I don't want to be bringing a team down. I had 18 wonderful years. I woke up and said it is time. I am 100% convinced that it is. When I started playing, I said I wanted to leave in a better state than what I joined it, hopefully I've done that," he said at the press conference after South Africa beat India by 10 wickets in the final Test here.

He said the decision to quit from Test cricket was his own though he consulted his team-mates.

"I planned it with Graeme Smith and Mark Boucher. It was totally my call. There were no outside influences," he said.

Kallis retired as one of the greatest all-rounders the game has ever seen. He scored 13,289 runs in 166 Tests, taking 292 wickets and 200 catches.

He finished one run ahead of India's Rahul Dravid to finish as Test cricket's third highest run-scorer, behind another Indian Sachin Tendulkar (15,921) and Ricky Ponting (13,378). He also has 45 Test centuries to his name, the last of which came in this final match against India here.

He said Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar's most runs in Test cricket would be difficult to surpass.

"I've never played the game for records and stats. I've always tried to play the game to make the best calls and play the situation. Records have never been important to me. I don't think that record of Sachin Tendulkar will get beaten very easily. I am proud of what I achieved 10,000-plus runs, that's something to be proud of," said Kallis, who is still available for ODI format.


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