Jacques Kallis retires from international cricket

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Jacques Kallis has retied from all forms of international cricket. The 38-year-old retired from Test cricket back in December but has now retired from all forms of the international game.

The all-rounder from Cape Town played in 166 Test matches for his country, scoring 13,289 runs in 280 innings. He made his debut in December 1995 against England and played his last Test against India in December 2013.  

Kallis scored 45 centuries in his career, with his highest score of 224 coming against Sri Lanka in 2012. At the end of his International career Kallis has come out with a batting average of 55.37 runs.

Kallis' test bowling figures are equally impressive. In his 165 test matches he took  292 wickets, his best figures 6-54  and ended up with an with an average of 32.53

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A "Bridge too far" for Kallis

The BBC reports that the decision has apparently come after Kallis played his last three One Day International's and only managed to score 5 runs.

The BBC also reports that Kallis described playing in the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand as "a bridge too far". Kallis goes on to describe the squad that is currently in Sri Lanka as "amazing" and how they have a "good chance" of winning the World Cup in 2015.

Paul Collingwood, a former England one day international captain took to Twitter to show his admiration for Kallis tweeting: "He scored runs for fun, swung it both ways, could hit you in the head and had hands like buckets. Congrats @jacqueskallis75 #TheBest".

Kallis, however, still plans to play Twenty20 cricket and will play for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League and Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League.

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