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Kallis is one of the twelve South African all-rounders featured in the book
Former South Africa Test captain and administrator Ali Bacher believes his country “has produced more great all-rounders than any other Test-playing nation”.
Bacher’s comments come in his new book, entitled Jacques Kallis and 12 other Great South African All-Rounders, in which the ex-skipper and author David Williams pay tribute to best South African all-rounders.
“David and I are of the opinion that this country has produced more great all-rounders than any other Test-playing nation,” Bacher told ESPNcricinfo. “Most other teams only had one great all-rounder at a time but South Africa had many.”
Bacher compared South Africa’s all-rounder stockpile to that of England, who had Sir Ian Botham, and Pakistan, who had Imran Khan.
“There were two periods when South Africa had four all-rounders in the same team,” Bacher said. “I captained Eddie Barlow, Tiger Lance, Mike Proctor and Trevor Goddard. And then if you look at the team Hansie Cronje led, they had Jacques Kallis, Shaun Pollock, Lance Klusener and Brian McMillan.”
In addition to the names mentioned above, Jimmy Sinclair, Aubrey Faulkner, Basil D’Oliveira, Tony Greig and Clive Rice are also examined in the book.
However, Bacher still believes Sir Garfield Sobers of the West Indies was the “greatest cricketer of all time”.
“Garfield Sobers remains the greatest cricketer of all time,” he said.