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Jacques Kallis - a name synonymous with milestones

Jacques Kallis is a name synonymous with milestones. When MS Dhoni gloved a skied slog-sweep to bring an end to Kallis's spectacular innings in Durban, Kallis walked off the field having added two further accolades to his already burgeoning list on Sunday morning.

A flick to the leg side to bring up his 45th Test century saw Kallis join Barry Richards, PGV van der Bijl and BL Irvine as one of four Proteas to score a hundred in their final test match.

A square cut into the offside brought only a single, but saw Kallis pass Rahul Dravid as the third highest run scorer in Test cricket history, eventually ending on 13289 runs.

When one considers that the only batsmen to have scored more Test runs than Kallis in the history of the game are Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar, it is easy to see why the man from Wynberg Boys High School is globally revered as one of the greatest all-rounders to have played the game.

A look at the 38-year old's career statistics reinforces that notion. Over 13 000 Test runs, at an average of 55.37. More than 12,000 One Day International (ODI) runs, averaging 44.86. Almost 20 000 First-Class runs. The numbers are awe inspiring and that is just on the batting side.

Underlining his credentials as an all-rounder, 292 Test wickets, 273 ODI wickets and 427 First-Class wickets speak for themselves.

The tale of the tape in Durban means that the 115 he scored in the second Test against India was probably the last runs Kallis will be able to score for the Proteas in Test cricket.

He finishes his milestone-laden career with 61 international hundreds, 144 international half-centuries and 7 international five-wicket hauls.

Wynberg Boys High School have renamed their first team cricket field the Jacques Kallis Oval, in honour of their greatest sporting export.

South Africa's greatest ever cricketer can expect a few more tributes in that manner to come his way soon.