DE­BATE IS NOT CRICKET

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - OPINION -

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.

ALAS­TAIR BAR­RETT

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