sport news How does South African icon Kallis rank against the greatest all-rounders

Jacques Kallis can claim to be the most influential player in Test history... but how does the South African icon rank against the greatest all-rounders including Ian Botham and Garry Sobers? Jacques Kallis was named man-of-the-match on 23 occasions during his career Garry Sobers was a superb batsman and he also bowled medium pace or spin  England all-rounder Ian Botham was a great entertainer with flair and brilliance Sportsmail's experts give their verdict on cricket's greatest all-rounders 

By Nasser Hussain and David Lloyd and Paul Newman and Lawrence Booth and Richard Gibson

Published: 22:31 GMT, 13 January 2021 | Updated: 00:18 GMT, 14 January 2021



South African icon Jacques Kallis boasts the most extraordinary numbers: 13,829 Test runs, 292 wickets and 23 man of the match awards.

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Kallis, the newest member of England's support staff, has every right to be compared with the likes of Sir Garfield Sobers, Lord Ian Botham, Imran Khan, Kapil Dev, Sir Richard Hadlee, Wasim Akram and Ben Stokes.

But who is the greatest all-rounder of all time? Sportsmail's experts deliver their verdict. 

Jacques Kallis was named man-of-the-match on 23 occasions during his distinguished career

Nasser Hussain

It would be very difficult to argue against Jacques Kallis. One of the greatest batsmen of all time; one of the greatest catchers; someone who could bowl outswingers touching 90mph. 

But you could also argue cricket is an entertainment business. The only candidate to challenge him is Garry Sobers. 

Many good judges say he was the best batsman they ever saw and he bowled either left-arm medium pace or spin. That's special. 

Yes, the game is about runs and wickets but in watchability — the swashbuckling backlift, the six sixes in an over — you would have to say Sir Garfield edges it.


David Lloyd

Jacques Kallis goes under the radar in terms of greatness but I would put him right

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