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Kallis: I never cared about records, statistics
Jacques Kallis: I never played for the records or statistics
By GERALD IMRAY
Associated Press
2013-12-31 03:01 AM

DURBAN, South Africa (AP) -- Even at the very end, Jacques Kallis was setting benchmarks.

How ironic, then, that a cricketer whose 13,289 runs, 292 wickets and 200 catches through an 18-year test career that ignited debate over whether he was the greatest allrounder in the history of the game should be so unaffected by his momentous personal numbers.

Kallis said Monday after his 166th and final test ended with his last victory with South Africa: "I've never played the game for records and statistics. Records have never been important to me."

Actually, the one stat that Kallis may cherish above all is now 82. That's the number of tests he's helped his team win, behind only Australians Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne, Steve Waugh and Glenn McGrath.

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