Kallis surpasses Ricky Ponting in century-makers list

Last Updated: Jan 05, 2011, 23:46 PM IST

Cape Town: South Africa’s Jacques Kallis on Wednesday scored his 40th Test hundred to surpass Australia’s Ricky Ponting in the list of batsmen with most centuries in the longer format of the game.

Kallis is now second only to Sachin Tendulkar, who is leading the chart with an incredible figure of 51 hundreds.

Kallis defied pain in a rare exhibition of determination to go past Ponting, with whom he was tied on 39 hundreds after scoring 161 in the first innings of third Test match against India here.

Kallis took a single off Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh in the 94th over of the South African second innings to get to the three-figure mark.

Kallis also became only the sixth South African to score centuries in both the innings of a Test match and first to do so at home. He has now achieved the feat twice as he had earlier scored 155 and 100 not out in Karachi in 2007.

It was Kallis’ eight century at Newlands ground.