File photo: South Africa's Jacques Kallis.

 Cape Town - Jacques Kallis on Wednesday became only the fourth cricketer in the world to score 13 000 Test runs.

Going into the first of two Tests against New Zealand, in Cape Town, Kallis was 20 runs short and faced 36 balls to reach the milestone, playing in his 159th Test.

Only India’s Sachin Tendulkar (15645), Ricky Ponting of Australia (13378) and Rahul Dravid, also of India (13288), have reached the 13 000-run mark although Kallis made the achievement in a considerably lower number of Tests.

The 37-year-old from Cape Town has scored 44 Test centuries and 56 half-centuries and has a batting average of 57.

His highest score was 224 runs against Sri Lanka, at Newlands, a year ago.

Having bagged 282 Test wickets, he is ranked the top Test all-rounder in the world and is sixth in the batting rankings. - Sapa