The very thought of the headline may be enough for some to run to their gun cabinets, load the double-barrel and off this writer.
Luckily then, this statement is not based on opinion, but also backed up by facts.
Now look, from the get-go I’ll say that I enjoy Albie smashing the ball to all parts as much as the next, and he also seems a genuine enough guy. In fact, one of my best mates from ‘V-town’ was in school with the oldest Morkel brother and reckons they’re a good bunch of guys.
However, can we really afford to have an allrounder in the side who averages just over 26 with the bat, and whose wickets cost him in excess of 35 runs and who goes at almost 5.5 runs per over?
The reason I ask is because I’ve always been told that a true allrounder should make the side as a batsman or bowler. Does Albie tick those boxes? No.
For a good while now he has been a passenger in the bowling stakes. And when you have him batting down at seven/eight, his batting exploits are often wasted too.
Too my mind, his shoddy bowling unbalances the make-up of the side. I would much rather have six frontline batsmen, Boucher at seven and four frontline bowlers, with Kallis and Duminy sharing the fifth bowler duties.
That way we can have Boucher doing the big hitting at the end – and that’s only if the top six specialist batsmen haven’t already done the business.
Crazy talk? I think not …
Courtesy of Sports Illustrated