There's no telling whether it was due to the excitement of having just scored a spectacular double-century or pre-Durban jitters, but South Africa allrounder Jacques Kallis wound up bashing up his car in the wee-hours of Tuesday morning, Dec 21.
Kallis who stayed safe and unbeaten during his 201 knock at Centurion, was not quite so careful off the field. He drove his Audi R8 in to the gate of a house at Wynberg, a suburb of Cape Town. While the car was badly affected, Kallis escaped without a scratch.
"He has no injuries at all and is totally fine," Dr Mohammed Moosajee, South Africa's team manager, told ESPNcricinfo.
Kallis was making his way home at 12:30 a.m. and in an accidentally drove into the gate, doing damage to the front of his car. "It was a freak, minor accident and there was nothing untoward about the manner in which it happened," Moosajee said. The South Africa squad departed from Johannesburg yesterday to be with their families over the festive season, and will regroup in Durban on Thursday for the second Test which starts on Sunday.
Police arrived on the scene and recorded statements. With the front tyres flat, there was no way Kallis could drive his own car home. His girlfriend, Shamone Jardim, came to his aid in her vehicle and his car was towed away. "There is a dent on the front of the car but besides that, it's fine," Moosajee said. "The insurance will sort all the details out."