Smith leads praise for legendary Kallis
Posted by: csa on Monday, 30 December 2013

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Castle Lager Proteas captain, Graeme Smith, spoke to the media following the Proteas' 10-wicket win in the second Sunfoil Test against India at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Monday.

Smith praised Jacques Kallis for the legacy he will leave behind, and the impact he has had on South African cricket. 

" We are never going to be able to replace Jacques," Smith said. " The sooner we face up to that fact the better. He has scored 13 000 runs,  taken almost 300 wickets and 200 catches along with the type of personality and experience he brings to our team. 

" I dont think that anybody who comes into the next Test match should be labelled as Jacques replacement," he said. "Its an opportunity for someone to come and make their mark and stamp their authority on their own career. What Jacques has left on the team and his own career is huge, i think its important that the next guy gets a fresh start.

" Its been so regular throughout his career, the big performances that he has put in," Smith added. " For him to have consolidated our innings that way he did was important, the substance that he gave us to get a total that could lead to the win was hugely important. 

" Its credit to him for the way he performed in his final Test match. I can only imagine what goes through your head, the emotions and being able to find that zone he has spent most of his career in is credit to him." 

Kallis also addressed the media for the last time as a South African Test cricketer. The 38 year-old thanked his family, team mates, Cricket South Africa, his fans and media for their support during his 18-year career.

" I have always been one that has tried to lead from the front," he said of his character. " I have never been one to shout my mouth off, i have always just tried to get the job done. I've also tried to quietly pass on the knowledge that i can and have acquired over the years to the guys that want to hear it. That is how in a nutshell i would sum up the way i have played my cricket. I have always believed that you play the game hard on the field without crossing boundaries and at the end of the day you still want to have mates across the world, i think i have done that."  

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