Kingsmead gives Jacques Kallis a standing ovation

Jacques Kallis led the South African team out at Kingsmead. Kallis is playing his 166th and last Test match for South Africa at Durban.

updated: December 26, 2013 20:15 IST
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Durban: In a fitting tribute to one of the greatest all-rounders of the game, Kingsmead gave Jacques Kallis a standing ovation as the veteran star led the South Africans out as the Boxing Day Test against India started on Thursday. Kallis will be retiring at the end of this Test match after making his debut in December 1995. Before this Kingsmead game, Kallis has scored 13174 runs in 165 Tests and is the third big player to quit Test cricket this season after Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar. (Pollock, Wessels hail Kallis)

(Ovation for Kallis, in pics)

Thirty-eight-year-old Kallis announced his retirement on Wednesday. He will continue to play ODIs and T20s for South Africa. On Thursday, Kallis led the South Africans out after India won the toss and decided to bat. At the toss, South African skipper Graeme Smith said: "Kallis was probably the greatest cricketer to have come out of our country. It's been an emotional few days. I have been chatting to Jacques since before the first Test. We want to put in a special performance for him in this match." (Hope to play 2015 World Cup: Kallis)

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