Faf du Plessis the 9th SA player to 4 000 Test runs, but who are the 8?

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Faf du Plessis became just the ninth South African to score 4 000 Test runs at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Monday.

Du Plessis, playing in his 66th Test, would go on to agonisingly fall short of a double century when he was caught on 199.

Nevertheless, Du Plessis now has 4 100 Test runs to his name.

WHO ARE THE OTHER EIGHT TO REACH THE 4 000 RUN MARK?

But who are the other eight South Africans with at least 4 000 Test runs to their names?

Some are obvious, a couple perhaps not …

Leading the way – by some distance – is former all-rounder Jacques Kallis who in 165 Tests scored 13 206 runs.

In second place is Hashim Amla who plundered 9 282 runs in his 124 Tests.

Close behind the ‘Mighty #’ comes Graeme Smith with 9 253 runs in 116 Tests.

Fourth place belongs to AB de Villiers who scored 8 765 runs before calling it a day in Test cricket after 114 Tests.

Former Proteas opener and coach Gary Kirsten finds himself in fifth place with 7 289 runs in 101 Tests.

Herschelle Gibbs is next best in sixth place with 6 167 runs – the vast majority of which were scored in exhilarating fashion – in his 90 Tests.

Current Proteas coach Mark Boucher follows with the 5 498 runs he contributed along with being a top-class wicketkeeper in 146 Tests.

Darryl Cullinan finds himself in eighth place with 4 554 runs at an average of 44.21 in the 70 Tests he played.

Meanwhile, current Proteas opener Dean Elgar is close to becoming the 10th SA player to reach the 4 000 Test mark as he’s currently just 17 runs shy of the mark.

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