Born at Pinelands, Cape Town, South Africa in 1975, Jacques Kallis is right-handed top order batsman, useful right-arm fast medium bowler and an excellent slip fieldsman. He has represented his native Western Province since 1993/94 and made his debut for Middlesex in 1997 and was capped in his initial season with the county. He accumulated 1,034 runs (av. 47.00) with 4 hundreds including a highest score of 172 n.o. versus Worcestershire at Kidderminster. He took 32 wickets (av. 20.46) with a best performance of 5 for 54 versus Kent at Lord's and he held 15 catches. He won the man of the match award in the NatWest Trophy 2nd Round match when he scored exactly 100 and took 4 for 47 versus Gloucestershire at Uxbridge. He has represented South Africa in 87 Tests since 1996/97 scoring 6833 runs (av. 55.55) with 20 centuries of which his highest score so far is 189*versus Zimbabwe in 2001/02. He is one of the younger generation of talented batsman presently playing cricket in the world and continues to be an integral member of the South African team.