Kallis Comeback – Is he the Greatest?

August 28, 2013 at 3:06 pm Leave a comment

South African all rounder Jacques Kallis has announced that he will return to the One Day team in a bid to win his and his country’s first 50-over World Cup title.

Kallis who will be 38 in October played the last of his 321 one day internationals against New Zealand in 2012. He had a meeting with national team coach Russell Domingo and Cricket South Africa  officials on tuesday.

“Playing for my country has always been both a huge honour and a privilege.” Kallis said following his announcement.

On statistics alone Kallis is the games greatest all-rounder. He has scored 13, 128 test runs at an average of 56.10, scoring 28 hundreds and 44 half centuries. He has also taken 288 test wickets at an average of 32.43.

When we look at the one day form of the game his stats are equally impressive with 11,498 runs at an average of 45.26, and has scored 17 centuries and 85 fifties. He has taken 270 wickets at 31.69.

One sign of the man’s quality has been his ability to adapt to the recent form of the game T20.  in 25 games he has scored 666 runs at 35.05 with a strike rate of 119.35. He has also taken his wickets relatively economically, 12 at 27.75.

Many all-rounders of yesteryear did not have to play three forms of the game, they had to adapt to only two, so does Kallis deserve to be given the mantle of the greatest All -Rounder?

Out of those below tell who gets your vote.


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