SYDNEY - Australia's task of continuing its Test resurgence and beating No.1-ranked South Africa is a lot less intimidating following the retirement of Jacques Kallis.
The brilliant all-rounder announced in Durban on Wednesday night that the Boxing Day Test against India would be his 166th and last.
His phenomenal career in Test cricket includes 13,174 runs and 292 wickets since his Test debut in 1995.
Australia start a three-Test series in Centurion on February 12.
However, Australian cricket fans may not yet have seen the back of Kallis as he's still determined to head Down Under for the Proteas at the 2015 World Cup.
South Africa's Test captain Graeme Smith praised the veteran on Twitter.
"It's been an emotional few days knowing JK (Jacques Kallis) retiring," Smith posted.
"All I can say what a privilege to have played with the great man!
"Hopefully we can give him the send off he deserves over the next 5 days! Gonna miss him immensely." - AAP