Former South Africa opener Herschelle Gibbs has revealed his all-time Proteas Test and ODI XI.
Gibbs has always been active on social media and, on Thursday, he took to Twitter and after a request from a fan gave his best side, which was the same for both formats.
Gibbs himself is a name that often comes up when discussing the best cricketers South Africa has ever produced.
The 46-year-old featured in 90 Test matches, 248 ODIs and 23 T20Is for his country between 1996 and 2010.
While no spinner could make a cut in Gibbs all-time XI, the biggest surprise was the inclusion of former left-arm fast bowler Brett Schultz who played nine Tests, and one ODI between 1992 and 1997 as his career was blighted by injury.
Graeme Smith and Gary Kirsten were named as openers, followed by Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, Daryll Cullinan and AB de Villiers. Mark Boucher was picked for the role of a wicketkeeper. And the bowling unit comprises of Shaun Pollock, Dale Steyn, Allan Donald and Schultz.
“Team is for both Tests and ODIs,” Gibbs wrote on Twitter while revealing his best South Africa XI.
That for both tests and odi.
— Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) April 30, 2020
“Can’t have all right-arm bowlers. No variety, so you need Schultz, and he was devastating in all conditions,” Gibbs added while justifying Schultz’ selection.
Herschelle Gibbs’ all-time South Africa Test and ODI XI:
Graeme Smith, Gary Kirsten, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, Daryll Cullinan, AB de Villiers, Mark Boucher, Shaun Pollock, Dale Steyn, Allan Donald, Brett Schultz.