South Africa in Australia 2012-13

Where's South Africa's next allrounder?

Ryan McLaren has been called up as cover for Jacques Kallis. The replacement is no where near the quality of the incumbent and South Africa's supply of allrounders seems to have dried up

Firdose Moonda

November 27, 2012

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Jacques Kallis left the field due to injury, Australia v South Africa, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 1st day, November 22, 2012
The injury Jacques Kallis suffered in Adelaide was his third in as many overseas tours this year © Getty Images
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Ryan McLaren and the powder blue Volkswagen Beetle made in Mexico City in 2003 would appear to have nothing in common, but they do. Both are the last of their type to roll off the production line.

At least we knew the Beetle's end was nigh, but the abrupt halt of South Africa's supply of seam-bowling allrounders is surprising. Gone are the days when Brian McMillan could have been replaced by Lance Klusener, Shaun Pollock, Andrew Hall or Justin Kemp. The typically burly, bustling, big-hitter who could also bang it at brisk pace is now a thing of the '90s. With Jacques Kallis' body serving as a continuous reminder, South Africa need them to get back into fashion fast.

Kallis has been injured on every away tour in 2012. In New Zealand, he woke up with a stiff neck on the morning of the Wellington Test and missed it, forcing South Africa to make a double change. In England, Kallis' back seized up overnight and he was immobile for the fourth day of the Headingley Test. Now in Australia, he injured his hamstring for the first time in his career; he couldn't bowl and had to bat at No. 9 and No. 7 in the Adelaide Test.

Kallis' ailments are caused by wear and tear, of the same kind that convinced the Beetle manufacturer to make only the new model for the last nine years. The time to trade-in Kallis is not here yet but his injuries should serve as a warning for South Africa to scour the market, especially as the only person they could all as an emergency replacement was picked purely because he can do both jobs - bat and bowl - and not because of how well he does them.

To suggest Kallis and McLaren are interchangeable is to say the Morris Miner had the same cool as the Beetle. Not quite. The real problem is that there wasn't a Mini or Mustang in sight and no one is revving an engine on the horizon.

Peter Kirsten, a former South Africa Test opener, cannot see that changing because of current trends in world cricket. "The specialist tag endorsed by coaches and selection committees due to overload of Twenty20 and ODI cricket requires players to concentrate more on one particular craft or format," he told ESPNcricinfo. "For example you will find guys who focus on slower deliveries, blockhole or death bowling in shorter formats and then have to adapt suddenly to the great demands of Test-match bowling."

Making the adjustment has already proved a problem for a few of the younger crop of quicks, who go from steaming in at full pace for four overs in Twenty20 to needing a more sustained effort over many spells in a Test. Injuries have abounded as a result. Now add to that the demands of batting, which could stretch to hours in a Test as it did for Kallis in Adelaide, and it's clear why trying to be good at both could be difficult to manage.

"The prerequisite for a pace-bowling allrounder is physical fitness," Kirsten said. But with the constantly increasing match and travel time, there is not much time left over to concentrate on the finer aspects of conditioning and even less time to rest.

The alternative is to be "managed," as Kallis is, which is how Kirsten thinks the allrounder has prolonged his career thus far. "Kallis has proved that the allrounders' workload can be sustained for a period of time if fitness levels are effectively maintained and managed," he said.

That is just a kinder way of telling players they will have to make choices about how often they play and how many series and tournaments they want to take part in. The uncomfortable truth is that it simply isn't the done thing.

With opportunities to make money the world over, few players want to miss out on maximising the years they will have as a professional athlete, so they may be willing to compromise in other areas.

Sometimes one discipline is favoured over the other unintentionally and that seems to be what has happened in South Africa. Although an extreme case, Morne Morkel once talked about becoming a lower-order allrounder of sorts but seems to have abandoned that plan.

Wayne Parnell was a genuine allrounder at under-19 level but was brought into the national side as a bowler. At some point, he hoped to complement his bowling with batting but injuries and inconsistency led to him being dropped. Ironically, he now seems to be having more success with bat for Warriors. Both Vernon Philander and Rory Kleinveldt are handy with the bat but have much to work on as bowlers - to begin with, not overstepping - that the time they can spend honing batting will be limited.

Albie Morkel is one of the few to have polished skills in both disciplines. He has not lived up to his reputation though. In Twenty20 cricket, he has been successful for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, where the coach Stephen Fleming said Morkel was more secure in his role. At international level, however, he has been erratic. Morkel plays very few first-class matches and has only one Test to his name.

So McLaren was the only drop of water in a barren landscape and he may also have been the last drop. Spinning allrounders are starting to emerge but South Africa seem to have placed a premium on the additional option being pace. Over the years, the presence of Kallis has perhaps led them to take for granted that they would always have an extra seamer in the team.

In 2012, however, Kallis has shown that sometimes he cannot be that other bowler and there will come a time when he will not be there at all. When that happens, Kirsten hopes someone will have emerged as a successor. "Hopefully instinct, desire, understanding of the demands of the allrounders' role and limited 'over coaching', can ignite the South African conveyor belt," Kirsten said. "Kallis cannot operate forever and the value of his ilk is surely evident to any aspiring youngster."

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by davy_SA on (November 30, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

I think CHRIS MORRIS is the next alrounder. . . .

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 11:12 GMT)

Kallis is truly one of the legends of world cricket. Easily one of the greatest all-rounders ever. He has been exceptional with the bat and very decent with the ball in the last 15 years or so. I don't think SA will find a proper replacement for him for a while.

Posted by Maui3 on (November 29, 2012, 0:06 GMT)

Cant replace Kallis. There has never ever been a better allrounder (including Sobers). And there has been very few better batsman ever. He's should be a slam dunk in any all time world XI along with Bradman, Sobers, Gilchrist, Tendulkar, Richards, Warne and Hobbs. SA is treading on edge here. Right now they get 2 players in Kallis and 1.5 in De Villiers (if he keeps wickets). This is unsustainable and when they leave, SA will drop in ranking.

Posted by Alexk400 on (November 28, 2012, 23:24 GMT)

SA lacked balance because of lack of good pace all rounder. Kallis can't bowl anymore.

Posted by sameer111111 on (November 28, 2012, 19:16 GMT)

Kallis has been the best allrounder...sorry, batsman in the last 20 years. His consistency along with the ability to either win or save matches puts him in a different league altogether. The only batsman who comes close to him would be Lara, who had greater match winning abilities, but was a bit inconsistent. As for Sachin, let me put it this way, sometimes a 40 is more valuable than a century. He is not even the best Indian batsman in his time.

Posted by Beertjie on (November 28, 2012, 19:09 GMT)

@WC96QF on (November 28 2012, 14:54 PM GMT) "More impt is to get their best 11 on the ground, to get the best results possible !" So who plays on Friday? Given that Kallis will probably play but not bowl the best balanced team would be: Smith, Petersen, Amla, Kallis, de Villiers, du Plessis, McClaren, Peterson, Philander, Steyn, Morkel. McClaren provides some stability and a bowling option at 7 as does Peterson's variety at 8. But given the Saffers mindset they will pick Elgar instead at 7 and have no spinner (again?). Anyway, the best suggestion for post-Kallis is probably the one where Duminy and du Plessis "graduate" from their part-time roles leaving 4 quicks and de Kock to fill spots 7 through 11, e.g., Smith, Petersen, Amla, de Villiers, du Plessis, Duminy, de Kock, Philander, Steyn, Morkel, de Lange.

Posted by WC96QF on (November 28, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

Name one other team in the world which has an allrounder in the 'Kallis class'. Ans : NONE ! When AUS was dominant for over 10 years, they never had an all rounder. When WI were No.1 for nearly 20yrs, they dint hv an allrounder of the Botham-Kapil Dev-Hadlee-Imran Khan type. So SA shud not really worry abt the perfect replacement for Kallis. More impt is to get their best 11 on the ground, to get the best results possible !

Posted by   on (November 28, 2012, 14:17 GMT)

I am an Indian and I can tell you, Kallis is much more than an all rounder. Most all rounders are people who can do both the jobs but lack the class to be remembered in at least one of those jobs. Agreed Klusener could bat well as well as bowl, but who here would agree that he was classy in tests? Who would say Pollock was a reliable and complete test batsman? He could get some runs, but they were a bonus.

Kallis is unique in that, he is a classy and a complete test batsman, if you ignore his bowling, and if you ignore his batting, he is a very very competitive test match medium fast bowler. He would select himself a a pure bowler as well as a pure # 4 batsman. he is not an all rounder. He is 2 complete players in one package.

Posted by   on (November 28, 2012, 13:23 GMT)

There will be no immediate replacement for kallis

Posted by Gordo85 on (November 28, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

All I can say is this. Whoever the next batch of Allrounders are coming through South Africa they should focus on coming in at say number six or seven with the bat and then of course if they start improving alot then you could look to move them up the order. It is good to see though that there are a fair few Allrounders still coming through in South Africa domestic cricket. But the interesting point is one that a person mentioned before how there seems to be some who are Allrounders who are spinners.

Posted by Fareen on (November 28, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

I think Du plessis can be a serious all-rounder if he keeps up the progress. He's a leg spinner which is quite scarce in world cricket and if used properly, he can easily bowl 10 overs in ODI's. Saying that, don't think anyone can replace kallis. He's a phenomenon, absolutely irreplaceable. When he retires ( which i hope is quite a long way away), SA should pick a genuine batsman rather than going for an all rounder.

Posted by Redxabi on (November 28, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

Talking about allrounders they need to get Quinton de Kok in the team as WK/batsman.

Posted by   on (November 28, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

@Barend Prins - What makes Kallis superior to Dravid as a batsman. Their stats are almost identical. Geez.

Posted by   on (November 28, 2012, 11:25 GMT)

there is plenty of good allrounders in south africa, David Wiese, Obus Pienaar, Chris Morris all have batting averages at about 40, and bowling averages of 25. I also think we should call up a fulltime keeper and let AB do his thing with the bat, Dane Vilas, Quiton de Kock and Heino Kuhn all average 45+ with the bat alot better the thami tsolokile. I also dont understand why we have dumped tsotsobe at the moment, he is much better than kleinvelt, plus adds something as a left arm fast bowler. South Africa have lots of depth at the moment

Batsmen: Smith, Peterson, Amla, de Villiers, du Plessis, Duminy, Rudolph, Elgar, Prince All Rounders: Kallis, Wiese, Pienaar, Morris, Albie Morkel, Ryan Mclaren Fast Bowlers: Steyn, Morkel, Philander, Tsotsobe, de Lange, Parnell, Dane Paterson, Kleinveldt, Theron Spin: Tahir, Harris, Robin Peterson, Dale Deeb,

Posted by   on (November 28, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

just a prediction here: see for fuf de plesis he is gona emerge as arm spin bowler and ultimately allrounder due to his class in all kind of batting requirements

Posted by hst84 on (November 28, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

@andrew: bud, you can replace any player in this cricketing world you want cause players come and players go, what you said is also correct but its the vision that catches a star player in the making and shows him the direction that he requires..who knew that brian mcmillan would be replaced by a player who kept an avg of 22 till his first 20 odd tests. That player came to be the one you are talking about right now who poses an staggering avg of 57 and still going on winning matches for his country. So its not only about playing on, its the best you wanna have in the team..

Posted by Marktc on (November 28, 2012, 9:35 GMT)

Perhaps the answer is not to look for one all rounder, but to get all your bowlers to bat better. SA for example have Steyn, Morkel and Philander who can knock off some runs. None will ever be the 50:50 or 40:60 all rounder that Kallis is, but it will help absorb the shock when he is gone. Perhaps Kallis would not have been picked on bowling alone (as he is up against far better bowlers) but nobody can deny his contribution as the all rounder. None of the present crop will come close...but SA will have to learn to adapt until a youngster is blooded. If the bowlers can score a decent amount between them, this will go a long way in setting up totals. Besides, often SA has a very fragile top orders, so bowlers scoring runs is a MUST.

Posted by   on (November 28, 2012, 8:57 GMT)

To the readers who comment that Kallis hasnt been good enough as a bowler alone. Hypothetically, if he averaged 15-20 with the bat, he would be a comparable bowler to Brett Lee in terms of test records. Just think about that for a second.

Kallis, a batsman superior to Dravid and comparable to Lee as bowler.

Posted by SAFan11 on (November 28, 2012, 8:05 GMT)

In most cases there is no room in test cricket for a bits and pieces all rounder like McLaren and Albie, these guys are better suited to the shorter formats. For test cricket you have to be able to earn your place either for your batting or bowling, like Kalis and Pollock. If you are selected as a batsmen and you can bowl a bit that is a bonus but if you are not up to scratch in either you will get found out fast.

I am not sure Kalis would have been selected as a test bowler for SA if he were a bad batsman. He sure can bat though.

Posted by BellCurve on (November 28, 2012, 7:51 GMT)

No country comes close to South Africa when it comes to producing allrounders. Kallis, Faulkner, Procter, Pollock, Barlow, Rice, Goddard, Greig, D'Oliviera, McMillan and Klusener were all born and bred in South Africa. Which other country can boast 11 all-rounders of such calibre? Not one. Surely history suggests that the next great or legendary international allrounder will emerge from South African soil in the not to distant future?

Posted by   on (November 28, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

Both Obus Pienaar and, to a slightly lesser degree, Chris Morris, should have by now been pulled into the system. Not playing test cricket already - but at least invited over for training with the group, benching with the guys when playing home tests, etc. Both will become Proteas one day, I'm pretty sure. (Same with Villas and De Kock...and I have this feeling about Dave Miller maturing and slotting in as well). Team management used to do that. I can remember Hansie Cronje was invited to the '91 CWC as a schoolboy as he was then already identified as a future player and leader.

Posted by   on (November 28, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

Like the Ausies will never be able to replace Warne, Sa will never be able to replace Kallis.

Posted by jimbond on (November 28, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

The concept of an 'all rounder' is pretty vague. Apart from Botham(maybe for a few years in a weak England team) or Shakib (in a very weak Bdesh team) I cant think of anyone who could have qualified both as a batsman or as a bowler. Essentially we had batsmen who could bowl or bowlers who could bat. Some like Kallis, Sobers, Imran, Kapil Dev etc were excellent in one, and could do the other one fairly well. With all due respect, I dont think Kallis could have made into the SA team as a pure bowler (especially as they were strong in the pace dept) or Sobers as a bowler, or Kapil/Imran/Hadlee as pure batsmen. There have been some pure allrounders of a different kind- Wicket keepers- Gilchrist, Sangakkara, and AB Deviliers who would play as specialist batsmen in any world team. Mclaren is good enough to come in as a pure bowler (as is vilander) and can also contribute with the bat. That should be good enough for SA.

Posted by hst84 on (November 28, 2012, 2:57 GMT)

Kallis is a class act of his own without any doubts, but to be irreplaceable? sure a player with that caliber and experience who has gone through and encompassed millions of hardships and matches for his country cannot be compared to a young upcoming allrounder but to see the qualities that Kallis instills in himself doesn't mean that no other South African can keep up to the promise or play for his country with courage and determination? A genuine player who plays for his country will always drop off players in his legacy who can cover his place up when he retires.

Posted by MinusZero on (November 28, 2012, 2:25 GMT)

Even if Philander does develop into an all-rounder, i cant see him averaging 57 with 44 centuries. Handy is all he would ever be. He is a bowler first.

Posted by Richard_Saffa on (November 28, 2012, 1:38 GMT)

Kallis is the real and the only God in Cricket.. God does everything.. Not just batting.. God Kallis.. Immortal and irreplaceable.

Posted by   on (November 28, 2012, 0:52 GMT)

You cannot replace the greatest cricketer South Africa has ever produced. Thinking that way is pointless.

We just have to look at what we have available and make the best of it. Perhaps De Villiers will give up the gloves to a specialist wicket keeper. Perhaps we'll find a genuine world class spinner. Who knows, but you carry on and you pick the best side you can and play the best cricket you can.

You don't have to have a great all rounder to have a great team, but as Kallis has shown, it sure does help.

Posted by   on (November 28, 2012, 0:27 GMT)

No one can substitute Kallis , than himself !!!

Posted by   on (November 27, 2012, 21:44 GMT)

South Africa are sooner or later going to adjust their batting lineup and get w keeper. On current form De Kock fills the void as a keeper/batsman and AB slots in again at 4. Petersen is treading on ice due to form and Elgar is waiting in the wings as another par time option especially with his spin to the sub continent at home we SA could ver well soon see a lineup that reads: Smith Elgar, Amla, DeVilliers, , Dumminy, Rudolph, De Kock, Philander, Parnell, Morkell, Steyn leaves my mouth watering...

Posted by senganal on (November 27, 2012, 18:01 GMT)

Jacques Kallis is irreplaceable no one ever can don his role as perfectly as he did. But Chris Morris seems to be the ideal replacement Not for Kallis but for Allrounder spot, he can be a Klussner type. Another important thing is he should be groomed under Kallis right from now so that he can improve upon himself in many areas

Posted by PureTom on (November 27, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

The only way SA are going to learn to live without Kallis is to look at the history books and see how West Indies got over the retirement of Sir Garfield Sobers. To suggest that he can be replaced by anyone even nearly as versatile/dependable/good is pure fantasy.

Posted by   on (November 27, 2012, 17:28 GMT)

SA's team on 1st January 2015. Alviro Petersen (captain) Elgar, Amla, Du Plessis, De Villiers, Duminy, De Kock (w) McLaren, Steyn, Philander Phangiso. Touring reserves Miller, Behardien, Ingram,Vilas(w) Morris, Parnell, Viljoen who will be used in 50/50 ODI matches. Look forward to your comments Chairman armchair selectors.

Posted by   on (November 27, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

One man comes to mind "Obus Pienaar"he plays for the knights, he is 22 years old averages 40 with the bat and 24 with the ball, he is a left arm quick, and has already hit a double ton in first class cricket. He absolutely must be drafted into the sqaud the moment kallis retires.

Posted by philvic on (November 27, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

There seem to be suficient allrounders who can do Kallis's bowling role but none who can match his batting which is not surprising seeing he is possibly the best batsman of his generation. The problem is not so much balance but filling the void that would be left by not having such an incredible test batsman at number 4. AB may be able to fill that to some extent, but not if he also keeps wicket. I reckon Kallis should now stop bowling; both to prolong his test batting career and to allow a more gradual transition to the SA team of the post- Kallis era.

Posted by MNGholfers on (November 27, 2012, 15:56 GMT)

Albie Morkel should be drafted into the test squad, and should be looked at in a similar fold as what Brian McMillan was used Batting at either 6. He boasts a first Class Batting ave of 45 and a bowling ave of 31 and has made plenty of runs and taken plenty of wickets. Unfortunately he's been seen as a limited overs player yet he's forte is actually more that of a test cricketer. We've been spoiled with Kallis over the years and we should realize that the more conventional team of 1-5 batsmen 6 batting all rounder 7 Wicket keeper (Batting All rounder) 8 Bowling all rounder 9-11 Bowlers. Note that in the modern day your wicket keeper needs to be capable to bat in the top order although for Test Cricket he'll have to bat at NR 6/7 preferably at 7 to ensure that he stays fresh.

Posted by   on (November 27, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

Its also struck me as strange that there's no mention of Chris Morris in the aritcle. Seems like a promising one...First Class average about 39 with the bat (SR 80) and 25 with the ball at brisk pace, (able to bowl at over 140kmph). If you've been following the ongoing domestic competition you may have noticed some of his good performances recently with the bat. With his talent & pace with the ball, he may gain selection in future for that discipline alone. Yes, he can be a bit erratic and expensive but if he works on that, then he has it all! Obviously nowhere near as good as King Kallis, but definitely one to look out for...

Posted by Sinhaya on (November 27, 2012, 15:44 GMT)

Kallis is simply irreplaceable. He is like 2 players by all means.

Posted by   on (November 27, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

i will stop watching cricket, when kallis is retired. i will miss him like a hell. not only as all rounder, one of the best test batsman , the world has ever seen. he is the most underrated player i think. if he plays number of matches like sachin, surely he will score more centuries.

He changed his, batting style for modern t20. equally great for all format of the game.

rising all rounders will never be able to catch him.

hats off to this legend. hope you will play next 4-5 yrs.

Posted by JontyFan on (November 27, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

Please do not mention Andrew Hall and Justin Kemp in the same breath as McMillan, Klusener, Pollock & Kallis. They were not a patch on the latter four. Amongst the current crop, Chris Morris looks promising .. not sure of his batting skills though, but his bowling looked really sharp and he seems to have a good temperament too. Parnell, Kleinveldt are bowlers who can hang around but not genuine allrounders by any means. McLaren is not a test-class bowler. Cannot maintain a consistent length for long enough.

Posted by Robster1 on (November 27, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

King Kallis is quite simply irreplacable and is a once in a generation player. Long may this great Capetonian remain in SA's team.As other posters have correctly suggested Chris Morris must be the next selection - don't understand why Moonda didn't even mention his name. Very strange omission. David Wiese too for the shorter formats of the game. Other than that de Kock as an all rounder keeper/batsman.

Posted by mthi4life on (November 27, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

There is only one king,King Kallis when he leave we will need a world class batsman and a good bowler over 280 test wickets close to 13000 test runs those figures say one thing the best cricketer of all time.

Posted by   on (November 27, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

We're all hoping Vernon Philander will develop into an all rounder. Kallis is an exception rather than the rule. The mention of previous all rounders were slightly different. Most are seen as either batting/all rounders or bowling/all rounders. There are a few that are ALL ROUNDERS. Players who could be picked as either a bowler or a batsmen without a quible. Some all rounder are both from the start and others develope over time. A replacement, well - the first point is that they should be able to hold a spot as either a batsmen or a bowler with out diminishing either selection choice of a specialist and then his second string adds value. In recent years the search for all rounders has led to too many bits and pieces players - the selection of a player who would not be selected as a bowler or batsmen purely on that strength. S Pollock, L Klusner, B McMillian all would've held their places at the start of their careers as only a bowler. As long as we don't get a bits and pieces player

Posted by   on (November 27, 2012, 13:31 GMT)

@ Sheenu - very gracious comments. I agree - that man Kallis is irreplaceable. There will be tears in the stands when he leaves the field for the last time (hopefully that won't be too soon)

Posted by SurlyCynic on (November 27, 2012, 13:17 GMT)

I agree with the Morris choice. But let's not forget that there are other ways to balance the team - namely the WK berth. After this tour Tsolekile will be brought in to keep, allowing AB to focus on batting. But Tsolekile (age 32) bats at 8 for his province and De Kock (age 19) bats at 4 and is an incredibly exciting batting talent. If he becomes the keeper then he can bat 6, someone like R Petersen 7 as the spinner, and 4 seamers. That provides balance with no Kallis-type allrounder.

Posted by Demas on (November 27, 2012, 13:12 GMT)

Surprised at Firdose's take on this topic. Being the SA correspondent for cricinfo, I would think that Chris Morris would get a mention. Huge future for that fella!

Posted by edgie on (November 27, 2012, 12:37 GMT)

aggree, Chris Morris is looking decent, don't forget about Wayne Parnell as well. And Rusty Theron? He is no mug with a bat either... While to be honest none can hold a candle to Kallis, at least there is still some decent all-rounders around. But what we need to find and nurture is a keeper/batsman, that the only one s who look decent are Kuhn and de Cock, with I think de Cock the future for SA.

Posted by Dale_Pain on (November 27, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

David Wiese, Chris Morris, Faf du Plessis, Obus Pienaar etc. There a few good and promising all-rounders coming through..

Posted by nthuq on (November 27, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

I don't see the need for an allrounder as much as the need for a solid new top order bat for SA. Though perhaps a mid-lower order spinning allrounder could take the job of spinner and still let the team play 4 quicks?

Posted by nthuq on (November 27, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

I don't see the need for an allrounder as much as the need for a solid new top order bat for SA. Though perhaps a mid-lower order spinning allrounder could take the job of spinner and still let the team play 4 quicks?

Posted by Neeta on (November 27, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

Sad to see looking at the land of allrounders looking quite bare today except for Albie Morkel and Ryan McLaren. Gone are the days when there used to be Pollock, Kemp, Klusener, Boucher, Boje batting in the lower middle order. I believe SA need to seriously invest in both Morkel and McLaren. They have not been using Morkel effectively first of all. He comes in to bat when there is little time left and he has to go for his shots from the beginning. He needs to be given time to build an innings. He should be there or if not because of packed SA batting line-up then just use him as a floater according to the team needs but he needs to be given the confidence that he is really required and he is important in the team setup. McLaren is more of a bowling allrounder and should be used in that role only. Both of them should br regulars and they will provide good service to SA cricket for some time to come. By the way what happened to Johan Van der Wath? Seemed like a good player when he cameup

Posted by sheenu on (November 27, 2012, 12:06 GMT)

People must be dreaming if they think they can replace Jacques Kallis, when he retires!! He is arguably the greatest all-rounder, along with Sir Garry Sobers. Some may even argue that Jacques Kallis may be the greatest cricketer of all time. Quite simply put, Kallis is IRREPLACEABLE. This comes from a staunch Indian cricket team fan!!.

Posted by GOOGLY13 on (November 27, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

Two words - Chris. Morris. He bowls quick, can hit the ball a mile and has had a great 2012. Parnell is not the bowler everyone wishes he was, McClaren is average - not brilliant with either bat or ball and Kleinveldt is not up to scratch. While Morris may not be ready for test cricket yet, he must be the future of the SA all-rounder role.

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