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Lord's to pay tribute to Kallis

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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The simple answer is never. He was simply the finest overall cricketer since Sobers.

The mark of his greatness is that he didn't prolong his career like Tendulkar and    Ponting, merely to chase records.

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Proper all rounders are rare. Stokes is the only one who might come close out of the current bunch. 

I don't think we will ever see those type of numbers again especially as Test cricket is on the slide

 

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Correct. I get pissed when I see no hopers like Duminy labeled as an allrounder.

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Just now, taipan said:

Correct. I get pissed when I see no hopers like Duminy labeled as an allrounder.

The biggest joke is the rating index for all rounders. Players like Mitchell Starc make into the top five - that is a farce

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20 minutes ago, Docker said:

The biggest joke is the rating index for all rounders. Players like Mitchell Starc make into the top five - that is a farce

Even Dale Steyn was up there in the top 10 at one stage. 

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16 minutes ago, vlagman said:

Even Dale Steyn was up there in the top 10 at one stage. 

I don't know why they bother. The only people who qualify should have a batting average 5-10 points above their bowling average

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My definition is that you have to be good enough to be picked in either discipline.

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JHK - a once in a lifetime player. Come to think of it - Barry Richards, Warne, Kallis, Sylvester Clarke..........life's been good!!!

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14 hours ago, taipan said:

My definition is that you have to be good enough to be picked in either discipline.

That is a good definition except when the standard of the team is poor. For example how many West Indian players would make the Saffa first or second elevens in long form. 

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