Kallis retires from all international cricket

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MORGAN PIEK

Bloemfontein – South African cricket stalwart, Jacques Kallis, has announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket.

Kallis, who retired from Test cricket in December, earlier indicated he wanted to play one last Cricket World Cup.

The player said he had realised during the recent ODI Series in Sri Lanka that he was done with the sport at international level.

“I realised in Sri Lanka that my dream of playing in a World Cup was a bridge too far,” said Kallis in a statement.

“Ï just knew on that tour that I was done. The squad that was in Sri Lanka is an amazing one and I believe they have a good chance of bringing the trophy home in March.

“I would like to thank Cricket South Africa, the team, the team sponsors, my sponsors, the fans and all the people who have been involved in my career. It has been an amazing journey.

“I am not retiring from all cricket as I have a two-year contract with the Sydney Thunder and, if possible, to help the Kolkata Knight Riders defend the IPL title we won earlier this year," said the cricket legend.

South Africa face Zimbabwe in Harare next week, in a one-off Test, before facing Zimbabwe and Australia in a triangular ODI series.