Kallis retires in 12th position on ICC Test batsmen rankings following India series

Johannesburg, Jan 1 : South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis has retired in 12th position in the ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen after inspiring his former Test team to a 10-wicket victory over India in the second and final Test in Durban on Monday.

Kallis scored a fine 115, his 45th Test century, which helped South Africa to secure a decisive 166-run first innings lead and also became the third most successful batsman in the history of the game after Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting as he finished his career with 13, 289 runs.

According to Sport24, Kallis was rewarded with a jump of three places, which meant he signed off on his magnificent career in 12th position, for becoming only the 31st batsman and fourth from South Africa to score a century in his final Test, adding that overall, Kallis spent 68 Tests and 592 days as the top-ranked Test batsman.

In the ICC Player Rankings for Test all-rounders, Kallis finished in third spot after having first topped the chart in his 36th Test in March 2000 and overall, he spent a record 493 matches as the top-ranked Test all-rounder, which equates to 4028 days, the report added.

--ANI (Posted on 01-01-2014)

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