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Kepler Wessels: Kallis the greatest South African batsman

It was a day of records for South African batting; and India will find the going tough in the series unless Zaheer Khan recovers (00:00)

December 18, 2010

Posted by TheLoneStranger on (December 19, 2010, 6:10 GMT)

Jaques South Africa's greatest ever batsman? Brave words, Kepler, when you consider the likes of Graeme Pollock and Barry Richards. South Africa's greatest all-rounder? Definitely!

Posted by Diston on (December 19, 2010, 5:21 GMT)

Kallis is without doubt a top pro and South Africa's most consistent contemporary batsmen. Great? he's not worth Graeme Pollock's earwax or Barry Richard's toenails for that matter. I also reckon De Villiers might be regarded as a greater batter when both careers are done and dusted...Kallis will probably go down as their greatest all rounder, Procter and Faulkner both had much more dash, ability and flair, but you can't argue with Kallis's stats....

Posted by Drew2 on (December 19, 2010, 5:13 GMT)

I am staggered that Keppler Wessels thinks that Kallis is "the best batsman that this country has produced". He certain is a great batsman, but has he forgotten Graeme Pollock????? Kallis' batting was out of character in this innings. He score quickly! His career strike rate is very poor, because he appears to bat for his average. I've seen him defend his wicket many times when a declaration is imminent. For this reason Graeme Pollock and Barry Richards are streets ahead of him. Having said that, it's not a bad performace considering he's also taken 270 odd wickets.

Posted by thesilverfox on (December 18, 2010, 19:16 GMT)

You don't actually expect Paul Harris to turn the ball do you Kepler. We need a decent 3rd seamer, Kallis shouldn't have to bowl as much as he does these days. He is not the threat he used to be with the ball.

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