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Benedict Bermange, in a guest column on the Supersport website, traces South Africa's knack of producing top-quality allrounders to Aubrey Faulkner, who, a century ago, was establishing himself in the national team.
Since the first Test of all was played in March 1877, a total of 65 different men have found their way to the top of the ICC Player Rankings for batsmen. Furthermore, there have been 73 players who have topped the bowling charts. However, only one man’s name appears on both lists – and it will come as no surprise to anyone who has followed the all-rounder rankings of late to discover that he is a South African.
In fact, the only man to achieve this feat was just establishing himself in the South African team exactly one hundred years ago and his name was Aubrey Faulkner.