Former Australia skipper Michael Clarke has named AB de Villiers and Jacques Kallis among the seven best batsmen he’s ever played with and against.
Clarke named his list of batsmen on the Big Sports Breakfast radio show earlier this week, with former West Indies captain Brian Lara, Indian duo Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara and former Australian teammate Ricky Ponting the other five candidates.
Clarke mentioned Lara as arguably his favourite choice due to his crisp way of playing, while Tendulkar had the best technique he’s ever seen on a cricket field.
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The Australian scored over 8,000 Test runs and more than 7,000 ODI runs for his country, while he won two World Cups (2007, 2015).
In the last one he famously led his team to a comprehensive victory over New Zealand in the final at the MCG.
The 39-year-old is hoping De Villiers can come out of retirement for the Proteas for this year’s T20 World Cup, which gets under way in Australia in October.
‘I’m hoping he comes back and plays for South Africa again. Superstar. Can bat anywhere in the order. Dominates T20 cricket. He can score runs anywhere around the ground,’ said Clarke.