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Treble century for Kallis

2010-05-24 08:03
Jacques Kallis (Gallo)

Johannesburg - Jacques Kallis will reach the notable milestone of 300 Limited Overs' International appearances when he takes the field for the Proteas' against the West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Monday.

A handful of these matches have been for an ICC World XI and an African XI and his total for South Africa of 295 will constitute a national record, being one better than the 294 played by Shaun Pollock.

Pollock played 304 ODIs in his international career.

A glance at the statistics reveals what a colossus of the game Kallis has been. He has the seventh highest runs aggregate of all time (10 614) , he is 13th on the list of leading fielders (111 catches) and he is 20th on the list of leading bowlers (251 wickets).

He is the 15th player to make 300 appearances and the fourth non-Asian player to do so.

With 17 centuries and 75 half-centuries he has gone past 50 on 92 occasions and is poised to become the third player after Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting to achieve this feat on 100 or more occasions.

Kallis said he felt deeply honoured to reach this milestone. "It is an honour and a privilege every time I put on a Proteas' shirt. When I played my first game I never dreamed that I would get anywhere near 300 appearances.

"There have been many ups and downs along the way but I have enjoyed every moment of it and at the moment I feel that I still have a lot of mileage left in my tank! "The most important thing is to help the Proteas win this series which is part of our long-term preparation for the World Cup."

As has happened frustratingly regularly on this tour, rain prevented the Proteas from practising on Sunday.

Mark Boucher has a sprained ligament at the base of his right foot and is the only player ruled out of selection for the starting XI for the second of five matches.

The Proteas won the opening match by 66 runs on Saturday.

The players will wear black armbands on Monday as a mark of respect for David Miller's Grandfather who passed away at the weekend.

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