Kallis bereaved

Published : Aug 16, 2003 00:00 IST

South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis revealed his heartbreak at the death of his father in an official statement released. Kallis, who also lost his mother when he was young, came to Cape Town to be with his father in his battle against lung cancer, a battle Henry Kallis lost on July 23.

"We are obviously both heartbroken at the loss of our Dad," the statement, issued on behalf of himself and sister Janine, read. "It has been very hectic, yet we have found a lot of time to reminisce and are thankful for these fantastic memories.

"We are proud to recall a dad who dedicated his life to us, thereby fulfilling the promise he made to our Mom.

"He was a tower of strength in our family and it will be with pride that we shall try to emulate the many lessons he taught us and pass them on in time to children of our own."

Kallis changed his shirt number to 65 — the age of his father — for the recent one-day triangular series in England and returned home after the final at Lord's on July 12.

"We would like to thank everyone for their support," the statement concluded.

Both teams wore black armbands as a mark of respect for Kallis's father during the first Test between England and South Africa at Edgbaston on July 24.

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