Originally Posted by marc71178
Indeed it is, but even in that period it can be split between batting well and not bowling or bowling well and not batting.
All time great bowler who could bat 8, yes, but all rounder, no.
That's true, and it's nice to have a guy averaging nearly 40 with the bat at number 7 or 8 in an all time team who is also a strike bowler (avg. 22). He is an all-rounder, a bowling all-rounder. An average of 38 definitely gives him the title. In the ATG team you select him as a bowling all-rounder, as one of your three pace men.
It's similar to Sobers, who was a batting all-rounder. Sobers bowling average of 34 and SR of 92 would never get him a game as a bowler, but it's primarily as a batsman he gets selected. So he's a batting AR.
And I'd nearly always have both, along with Gilchrist, providing three highly skilled all-rounders in an ATG team.