Lord's to pay tribute to Kallis

2017-05-11 08:30
Jacques Kallis (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Lord's will be paying homage to, and celebrating the career of, former Proteas all-rounder Jacques Kallis.

On the eve of the third Test between England and South Africa at The Oval, Lord's will host an evening celebrating the all-rounder's accolades on Wednesday, July 26.

Kallis, 41, is widely considered to be one of the greatest cricketers the game has ever seen and boasts over 25 000 runs and 577 wickets in his 19-year international cricketing career.

Celebrating his memorable career at the home of cricket will be England's director of cricket Andrew Strauss and former England batsman Allan Lamb, who will also pay tribute to the Proteas legend.

The event will help raise money for the Lord's Taverners, the UK's leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, and the Jacques Kallis Foundation, which gives youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to attend cricket-playing schools.

Kallis is the Proteas' highest run-scorer across all formats and sits third overall (13 289 runs) in Test runs scored behind India's Sachin Tendulkar (15 921) and Australian Ricky Ponting (13 378).

In 328 ODI matches Kallis scored 11 579 runs at an average of 44.36 with 17 centuries and 86 fifties.

Kallis also took 273 wickets in those ODIs at an average of 31.79, conceding only 4.84 runs an over - and has won was man-of-the-match on 32 occasions.

In the Test arena, Kallis played 166 Test matches, scoring his 13 289 runs at an average of 55.37 and took 292 wickets at 32.65.

Kallis is the only player in history to score more than 10 000 runs and take more than 250 wickets in the Test and ODI format of the international game.

Kallis also played in 25 T20Is, scoring 666 runs and took 12 wickets.

Since retiring in 2014, Kallis has played for and coached the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League.

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