IT was not for us to question the decision that we knew was coming; to be sure many of us thought it was premature, particularly with a visit from the fired up Australians just a matter of weeks away. The great man, however, felt the moment had come and with the exquisite timing of an entire career he has left the Test match scene with all of us thirsting for more rather than hoping he would go before he was pushed. His approach seemed to change when Graeme Smith became captain of the team in 2003. It may be that when he saw in his young captain such a prolific and aggressive scorer of runs, Kallis felt he could play with a little more freedom. His number of admirers began to appreciate towards his current standing as one of the greatest cricketers ever to have played the game.