I don't quite understand the case for Kallis being selfish in the Webster's sense. Could someone put up a list of the incidents where he made this selfishness obvious?
I know while it was happening, we made comments about it several times. It'd be an interesting excercise to search through and compile that list.
Does he decide when he gets thrown the ball, or where the ball gets pitched at him? I don't know, and I doubt anyone beyond the dressing room could fairly presume to.
On something slightly more tangential, I think there's a reasonable case to be made for the entire bottom order to make up batting/bowling all rounders.
An example would be:
1. AC Gilchrist+
2. SR Tendulkar
3. RT Ponting
4. IVA Richards
5. A Symonds
6. N Kapil Dev
7. IT Botham
8. Imran Khan
9. RJ Hadlee
10. Wasim Akram
11. SK Warne*
Theoretically, being able to hit out for 50 overs would outweigh McGrath's absence. IMO etc.
I'd still play McGrath and Garner, either Murali or Warne as the spinner, and then two of Imran, Kapil, Wasim, Hadlee or Botham at 7 and 8. I'd prefer Imran and Kapil as they're better batsmen.
wouldn't put him at the same level as tendulkar and lara, both of whom were blessed with genius. (or, for that matter, sobers, viv and barry richards), but better than ponting and dravid.
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(massive apologies to barnes)
Good to see you back, hang on.
No one can begrudge kallis anything now, imo. His legend has just grown enormously over the last few years, and this match was pretty much the culmination... an absolute hero
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