South Africa's batsman Jacques Kallis.
South Africa's batsman Jacques Kallis.

Dream double for dad - Kallis

By Kevin McCallum Time of article published Dec 19, 2010

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Jacques Kallis looked to the heavens and smiled after he had scored a magnificent double century against India yesterday.

His 201 not out gave the world’s best all-rounder a double century, the one milestone his career had been lacking, and he dedicated it to his late father Henry, who had been an inspiration throughout his early career.

Henry Kallis died in 2003 after a four-month battle with lung cancer. Kallis lost his mother at a young age and yesterday he celebrated their memories with a wondrous display of batting.

“It would have been nice to have him here to see it, but hopefully he was watching it with my mum. I’ll have a beer with him tonight,” said Kallis.

A brutal 129 from 112 balls by batting partner A B de Villiers, hitting five sixes and 12 fours, helped Kallis on his journey to the double century.

It was also cause for Kallis to talk about the new head of hair he is sporting these days.

Speculation is rife whether it is a new treatment or a transplant, but Kallis joked it was a more old-fashioned remedy.

“It’s a bit of beer and manure… if you rub it on the forehead it works, hey,” laughed Kallis. “I want to keep bowling and I will have to get a bit of hair to protect my forehead. I can’t bowl into the wind anymore.

“I’ve already told Graeme I can’t bowl into the wind.” - Sunday Argus

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