Kallis set to be another Rice?

2012-09-20 22:11

Cape Town - Perhaps it is time to start cheekily speculating whether Jacques Kallis is going to be another all-rounder like compatriot Clive Rice ... playing at first-class level for quarter of a century.

Kallis’s competitive juices, things that also came naturally and unrelentingly to former national captain and Transvaal “Mean Machine” icon Rice, simply show no signs of dimming.

He did not even get to the crease, to show off his strongest suit, as South Africa utterly demolished neighbours Zimbabwe by 10 wickets with more than seven overs to spare in their ICC World Twenty20 opening match at Hambantota on Thursday.

The result already assures the Proteas of their place in the Super Eights phase, regardless of what happens against presumably tougher opponents Sri Lanka at the same venue on Saturday in their remaining Group C fixture.

But Kallis has always been the type of full-blooded cricketer who seldom goes into idle mode, only doubling his quest to excel at the other in rare instances where he fails or does not get an opportunity in one of his trades.

Just a month short of his 37th birthday, the latest string to his amazing statistical bow was earning his best bowling analysis in T20 internationals, figures of 4-1-15-4 easily eclipsing his previous leading effort of 2/20 against England at Trent Bridge in the equivalent tournament in 2009.

They are also the fourth best figures by a South African in this format, and break a cycle of the three superior others all being achieved against West Indies - Ryan McLaren 5/19 at North Sound in 2010, Dale Steyn 4/9 at Port Elizabeth in 2007 and Wayne Parnell 4/13 at The Oval in 2009.

The television commentators even suggested that a sometimes hostile Kallis, who mixed up his lengths deliciously on a pitch with surprisingly healthy carry, looked slightly miffed not to record a “five-for”.

After all, he boasts five of those in Test cricket, and two in one-day internationals.

How Kallis might feel about any comparison with Rice is unclear: there was a bit of a family kerfuffle in 1999 when the latter described Kallis as the son of a railway clerk (late father Henry actually worked for Old Mutual, it emerged) and also wrote in an English newspaper that Kallis jnr was “not a candidate for Mensa”.

But whatever the aftermath of that rumpus, they are likely to only respect each other as all-rounders.

Rice played the vast majority of his cricket during South Africa’s isolation, but did eventually lead the country, while well past his 40th birthday, in that momentous trio of “welcome back” ODIs in India in November 1991.

Despite being overlooked for the subsequent World Cup in Australia in 1992, he continued to play with as much enthusiasm as ever in a closing domestic chapter for the then-Natal until 1994, when he retired at 44.

His first-class career having begun in 1969, it meant 25 illustrious years in the game at that level.

Kallis has not yet placed any date on his departure from the game, although it is much less likely that he will continue in franchise cricket, as Rice did for a while, once his phenomenal international career closes.

He has simply hinted that he fancies a crack at another 50-overs World Cup - in 2015 (Australia/New Zealand), when he will have turned 40 and thus been playing the first-class game for some 22 years himself.

The former Wynberg schoolboy, if anything, has shown a rejuvenated lustre for the game in the last year or so, rather than display obvious signs of decline linked to Father Time.

It is also possible that this tournament will show the value of his occasional series “rotation” these days - he took a break from the full England tour recently during the ODI portion, immediately following the fine Test series conquest.

With all of the Proteas faster men - Kallis, Steyn and Morné Morkel - getting into the groove superbly against the disappointingly lame Zimbabweans and then hitherto out-of-touch Richard Levi and unfaltering Hashim Amla making short shrift of the measly target, no wonder Boeta Dippenaar in the SuperSport studio was moved to observe: “They made a big statement out there.”

*Follow our chief writer on Twitter: @RobHouwing


  • donovan.gerber - 2012-09-20 22:21

    A national treasure!

      macziekpk - 2012-09-20 23:38

      National pie eating champion

      clive.kihn - 2012-09-21 10:01

      Maczie, is there not even 1 milligram of brain in your skull?

      Johannes - 2012-09-21 10:04

      Macziekpk - I bet you have friends and ladies lined up out the door, waiting to spend time with you.

  • robert.doyle.712 - 2012-09-20 22:49

    Wonder if Hansie would have still been playing if he wasn't so skelm and hiding behind the Bible while throwing matches and making $$ on the side. That was a real skelm Plank if ever there was one. Kallis sounds liek a decent Dutchman or as decent as they can get lol.

      Jacques - 2012-09-20 23:27

      Genius: Kallis is English, so he's pretty much 0% 'Dutchman'. I could list some 'decent dutchmen' like Francois Pienaar, Natalie Du Toit, Charlize Theron or Deon Meyer, so before you make such trollish comments, GFY first :)

      macziekpk - 2012-09-20 23:39

      Every dutchman has his pie

      christopher.laurenz.5 - 2012-09-21 00:45

      Robert is feeling guilty as well for some reason....

      joneethling - 2012-09-21 01:07

      Wie is Deon Meyer?

      robert.doyle.712 - 2012-09-21 03:33


      maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-09-21 06:09

      So malicious, so nasty do I detect jealousy mr wannabe

      Jacques - 2012-09-21 08:05

      Net omdat ek Engels praat maak my nie 'n 'wannabee' (sic) Engelsman nie?? Listen you troll, how is he a 'new age Afrikaner' by being a dead normal Englishman? Ps, Deon Meyer is an author of international acclaim, but whatever. I won't be replying to you any more, you obviously have some serious issues to work through. I wish you well with that. :)

      clive.kihn - 2012-09-21 10:04

      I am sure some psychiatrist would have a field day with the seriously twisted robert.doyle.

      blip.noodlum - 2012-09-21 10:12

      Doyle. Rhymes with boil. And coil. Coincidence?

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-21 10:57

      Deon Meyer is 'n welbekende skrywer, 1 van sy boeke word nou 'n fliek.

      joneethling - 2012-09-21 10:59

      Wie df is Deon Meyer. Julle gee my thumbs down, maar julle weet ook nie?

      joneethling - 2012-09-21 20:05

      Dankie Deon Louw.

  • keith.gough - 2012-09-20 22:55

    Rice was never known for his niceties or his tact, nor in light of those two observations, his own business acumen. The family business did extremely well without him. hell of a cricketer, though.

      macziekpk - 2012-09-20 23:39

      Did Rice lose his hair from too much MSG in the pies?

      joneethling - 2012-09-21 20:09

      Rice and Kallis are as different as chalk and cheese. Rice was a warrior, feared by every team that played against him. Kallis is more of a steady player who focusses on accumelating runs steadily, without intimidation. There strengs and weaknesses are so different that simply comparing stats is not fair to either.

  • christopher.laurenz.5 - 2012-09-20 22:55

    Kallis is better than Clice Rice...Its factual...If you love him or sometimes get impatient the way he bats,who gives a f*ck really, when it matters he is that one person that EVERYONE can rely on to make it happen, and thats the greatest thing about a true spotsman, he is always that person that takes you out of that hole and makes you feel good....I will let him babysit my two daughters and thats a fact. Well,I will have to meet him first. But I am sure he is alright!

      macziekpk - 2012-09-20 23:42

      Kallis is the best pie customer ever

      merven.halo - 2012-09-21 08:09

      Small things amuses small minds.

  • paul.maarman - 2012-09-20 23:03

    a legend of the game, the stats speak for themselves,...and as it is with us South Africans, we do not see our greatness, it a normality for us. While the rest of the world marvel at our titans, we only truly show appreciation when they have exited the stage...-Kallis, you will surely be our Bradman, our Sobers...our future greats will recall your greatness, and aspire to be you. Thank you!!

      macziekpk - 2012-09-20 23:42

      I will only recall the poor taste in hair pieces and the pie eating

  • - 2012-09-20 23:32

    Hail King Kallis!!

      macziekpk - 2012-09-20 23:42

      King Pie Kallis

  • francois.v.eeden.3 - 2012-09-20 23:36

    class is permanent!

      macziekpk - 2012-09-20 23:42

      Pies are temporary

      lara.vanrooyen.1 - 2012-09-21 06:57

      The worms are going to love your pie gut one day.

  • dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-09-21 04:46

    I somehow doubt tha Kallis will turn out to be an egotistical afrikaans box like rice !!

      lara.vanrooyen.1 - 2012-09-21 06:58

      Deeteem box, Rice is an English box.

  • claude.felbert - 2012-09-21 05:00

    Its impossible to find anyone who has played for SA to compare with Kallis as he, in my opinion, is the best all-rounder the world has ever seen and definitely up near the top as a batsman. Perhaps Ian Botham and Stephen Fleming come closest, as all-rounders, on the international stage.

      mthunzi.phakathi - 2012-09-21 06:23

      Ever heard of viv richards? Richrd headlee? Ian botham i understand in ur statement, but surely the above mentioned are genuine class acts, not fleming as an all rounder mate.

      mthunzi.phakathi - 2012-09-21 06:24

      Ever heard of viv richards? Richrd headlee? Ian botham i understand in ur statement, but surely the above mentioned are genuine class acts, not fleming as an all rounder mate. I do agree with you on KJK probably being the best.

      Jacques - 2012-09-21 08:33

      I think you may be mistaken, but, Stephen Fleming never bowled a ball in international cricket, so he's not quite an all rounder. Agree with your JK statement, though.

      gerald.smith.9041083 - 2012-09-21 09:20

      About 30 or so years ago, I remember a world all-rounder competition being held. Great all-rounders like Ian Botham, Clive Rice, Richard Hadlee, Kapil Dev, Imraan Khan, etc etc all competed and Clive Rice won the tournament several times. If my memory serves me correctly, he won it 3 out of the 4 times it was held.

      blip.noodlum - 2012-09-21 10:17

      Clive Rice did not play a single cricket test though. Ever. Only ODIs.

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-09-21 06:04

    Tastic my favourite. Well done Jacques

  • patrick.miller.54966834 - 2012-09-21 07:12

    Oh please no... Rice overstayed his welcome............. ego of the reasons we struggled to get back into the main stream of world cricket.... he was so "old school"

  • malu.ratau - 2012-09-21 07:30


  • charmain.nel.7 - 2012-09-21 07:41

    Weel done but stop compering players let them be each one is an individual

  • lofty.fourie.7 - 2012-09-21 07:52

    The best ever,by far

  • shanaaz.abrahams - 2012-09-21 08:47

    Grew up watching King Kallis. He's just awesome!!

  • derrick.dawson - 2012-09-21 09:14

    Clive Rice was a decent enough player, but never was or never will be in the Kallis class. Sorry old Clive, I guess the not so bright son of a railway clerk showed you.

  • tim.kilpin - 2012-09-21 09:52

    He is the king - just gets better and better. Well done great stuff

  • gvangreunen - 2012-09-21 10:31

    What a boytjie!

  • andre.terblanche.5 - 2012-09-21 11:44

    Rice was nooit 'n chocker nie. Kallis no. 1

  • brian.coetzee - 2012-09-21 13:13

    @ gerald.smith I remember that too ( All Rounder Competition, Rice kicked their B**ts ). Rice was an awesome player it's a great pity he missed out on test cricket. Kallis is a better batsmen and Rice was a better bowler, however it's really difficult to compare these two as Rice never had the opportunity to compete against the best. They are both legends in my mind. Hope Kallis never poses in the Nick lol.

  • christian.koegelenberg - 2012-09-21 13:46

    Rice was a good cricketer but he is not worth kissing Kaliss's smelly discarded socks. Kallis may or may not be a Mensa candidate but he has done more for South-African cricket already than Rice ever did. Don't forget the Kallis scholarships for underprivileged children.

  • pages:
  • 1