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Jacques Kallis is the ememy within: The legendary South African all-rounder revelled in beating England... now he's loving coaching them Kallis will impart his wisdom to a youthful England batting line-up in Sri Lanka England newcomer Lawrence described him as ‘arguably the greatest of all time’ The all-rounder scored 13,289 runs at 55.37 in 166 Tests while taking 292 wickets

By Paul Newman for the Daily Mail

Published: 22:30 GMT, 13 January 2021 | Updated: 22:30 GMT, 13 January 2021

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The names of the greatest all- rounders to ever play Test cricket roll off the tongue of any enthusiast — Sir Garfield Sobers, Lord Ian Botham, Imran Khan, Kapil Dev, Sir Richard Hadlee, Wasim Akram and, with a modern twist, our own Ben Stokes.

The newest member of England’s support staff has every right to be talked of in this exalted company. Yet he somehow rarely seems to earn a mention — at least until England newcomer Dan Lawrence this week described him as ‘arguably the greatest of all time’.

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Certainly the statistics of Jacques Kallis, England’s batting consultant for the two-Test series against Sri Lanka in Galle, stand comparison with anyone’s and back up Lawrence’s argument.

Jacques Kallis will impart his wisdom to a youthful England batting line-up in Sri Lanka

Jacques Kallis will impart his wisdom to a youthful England batting line-up in Sri Lanka

He made the small matter of 13,289 runs at 55.37 in 166 Tests while taking 292 wickets with his deceptively fast seam and swing bowling. Not to mention an equally impressive one-day record.

So what does the man himself make of his young charge Lawrence’s assertion and does he agree with him?

‘It’s certainly a great honour to hear stuff like that but I’ve never been one to worry too much about it,’ said Kallis at England’s Galle base.

The all-rounder scored 13,289 runs at 55.37 in 166 Tests while taking 292 wickets

The all-rounder scored 13,289 runs at 55.37 in 166 Tests while taking 292 wickets

‘I think it’s unfair to compare eras and types of

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