Jacques Kallis, the gifted South African all-rounder, had a short spell with Glamorgan during 1999.
He played for the Welsh county after appearing for the Springboks in the World Cup. A groin injury delayed his debut until the National League game on July 25th against Surrey at Pontypridd, but it turned out to be a debut worth waiting for as Jacques produced an explosive display of clean hitting, as he scored 155* – at the time, the highest-ever individual innings in the List A competition for the Welsh county and the best -ever debut performance for Glamorgan.
Jacques added a further one day hundred later in the season against Somerset, as well as a Championship century against Nottinghamshire at Colwyn Bay, during which time he shared a partnership of 216 with Steve James for the second wicket. Having previously played for Middlesex, Jacques briefly returned to Glamorgan during 2002 and was a member of the successful Wales team which defeated England at Sophia Gardens in a warm-up One-day International.
The all-rounder had enjoyed an outstanding schoolboy career in Cape Town and had made his first-class debut for Western Province aged eighteen during 1993/94. After hours of coaching from Duncan Fletcher, the Western Province and later Glamorgan coach, Jacques progressed into the South African team during the 1995/96 series with England. By the time he retired from international cricket in 2014, Jacques had played in 165 Tests and 323 One-Day Internationals for South Africa, as well as appearing in 25 International T20 games.
KALLIS, Jacques Henry
Born – Cape Town, 16 October 1975.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 101 v Nottinghamshire at Colwyn Bay, 1999; 3/52 v Somerset at Taunton, 1999.
In List A cricket – 155* v Surrey at Pontypridd, 1999; 2/27 v Durham at Chester-le-Street, 1999.