DEBATE IS NOT CRICKET
TO ask who is the greatest cricketer, Don Bradman or Steve Smith, as raised by Roland Perry (ST, 20/10) does not sit well with me as a former player and an avid follower of cricket for over 75 years.
I don’t think there is much argument that Bradman is the greatest batsman of all time but cricket is more than batting. While his fielding ability has been acknowledged, his ability as a bowler was barely required, as is the case with Steve Smith these days. To use the phrase “greatest cricketer” one should look to the likes of Sir Garfield Sobers, Keith Miller, Jacques Kallis, Sir Ian Botham and Imran Khan, who shone in all facets of the game. Batsman? Bradman, yes, but best cricketer? Look to the brilliant all-rounders.