Jacques Kallis not of thinking retirement after passing 13,000 Test runs
Last Updated: January 2, 2013 9:10pm
South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis admitted his delight at becoming the first batsman from his country to score 13,000 Test runs.
Kallis became only the fourth player, and first from his country, to pass the mark on a one-sided opening day of the first Test with beleaguered New Zealand.
The Black Caps were dismissed for only 45 in the morning session and spent the rest of the day chasing the ball in the field as the hosts responded with 252-3.
Kallis, who made 60 before being dismissed, was beaming after a momentous day, and he said: "I love playing at Newlands so it was nice that I could get that achievement here.
"The public have been fantastic to me. To get an ovation like that certainly means a lot to me, and these are very special moments that will live with me forever.
"The only thing I think about a little bit more now is management, perhaps missing a few of the one day games to prolong my test career and to try to get to the next World Cup.
"So those are the goals I've set myself, but I certainly haven't thought anywhere near retirement yet.
"I'm probably batting as well as I've ever batted in my career, and hopefully I can carry on with that form for a little while longer and help win games of cricket for South Africa - or any team I play for.
"When I feel that I'm not contributing to the team in the way that I think I should be, or holding some youngster up, then I'll definitely start thinking about it (retirement). But that's certainly the furthest thing from my mind at the moment."
Vernon Philander was the other star of the day, taking 5-7 in an inspired spell that New Zealand's batsmen simply couldn't cope with.
"Hearing on Monday that I was fit to play really spurred me on, and I always love playing at Newlands. It's my home crowd and my home venue, and this is where I love to play my cricket so I'm very happy," said Philander, who overcame a hamstring injury to play.
"We treat each game with respect, and we've got to start off fresh on Thursday.
"There'll definitely be a little bit in the wicket tomorrow morning. I don't think it's going to be as easy in the second innings, so I think the bowlers are going to have to work hard and stay disciplined."