South Africa’s Jacques Kallis completes full house of centuries

South Africa batsman Jacques Kallis has become the 12th man to score a century against every Test nation

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Jacques Kallis marked his 150th Test with a century against Sri Lanka in Cape Town. The 36-year-old becomes the 12th batsman to score a century against every Test nation and the second South African to do so after current coach Gary Kirsten.

His 41st Test century was reached in just 114 balls and Tuesday’s unbeaten 159 will come as a relief to Kallis, who has suffered a torrid start to the season with the bat for his country, averaging just 12.7 in seven innings including 3 ducks.

The performance is a stark contrast to his unremarkable debut ““ scoring just one against England in 1995, leading to the only time he would ever be dropped – and shows how far the star has come in a glittering 16-year career.

In 1997 he scored his maiden Test century in a typically gutsy 101 from 279 balls against Australia in Melbourne. With an intimidating MCG crowd ringing in his ears – not to mention the likes of Taylor, McGrath, Warne and Ponting – he batted for six hours to lead his team to a draw under intense pressure in just his seventh Test.

Since then he has topped the South African run-scoring lists against six of the nine Test countries and averages above 65 against a further six. His highest score of 201 not out came against India a year ago and he has a career average of 56.24.

The Barmy Army have witnessed many of his finest innings, amassing 1879 runs against England which includes seven centuries ““ only the West Indies have suffered at the sight of him more.

South Africa ended the day on 347 for three on the first day of the third Test at Newlands after Sri Lanka won the toss and inexplicably chose to bowl first on a flat wicket.

Jacques Kallis: record against Test nations

Australia: Four hundreds; Ave 38.11; Highest score 114; 1639 runs scored; first on South Africa scoring list against Australia.

Bangladesh: One hundred; Ave 79.25; HS 139*; 317 runs scored.

England: Seven hundreds; Ave 42.7; HS 162; 1879 runs scored.

India: Six hundreds; Ave 72.04; HS 201*; 1585 runs scored; first on South Africa scoring list against India.

New Zealand: Five hundreds; Ave 67.8; HS 186; 1356 runs scored; first on South Africa scoring list against New Zealand.

Pakistan: Six hundreds; Ave 66.9; HS 155; 1472 runs scored; first on South Africa scoring list against Pakistan.

Sri Lanka: One hundred; Ave 37.68; HS 224; 829 runs scored.

West Indies: Eight hundreds; Ave 73.62; HS 177; 2356 runs scored; first on South Africa scoring list against West Indies.

Zimbabwe: Three hundreds; Ave 169.75; HS 189*; 679 runs scored; first on South Africa scoring list against Zimbabwe.

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