Yes South Africa are mot consisten than England, but does that make them "better"? The fact is Australia is the best and South Africa got utterly thrashed in Australia and put up no resistance. England won sesions and played good cricket at times in the Ashes series and England did have a lot of injuries that South Africa didn't and England did win a Test match, South Africa hasn't won a Test match in Australia since 1993 and New Zealand hasn't won a Test match in Australia since 1980's. Sure South Africa has beaten everyone else, but everyone else is ****, and India is **** as they haven't won a Test series outside of India in over 17 years and a victory over India is about as impressive as a victory over Zimbabwe. It is how a team performs against Australia in Australia that is important, and England are the only team at the moment who can even win a Test match in Australia, and New Zealand were damn lucky when they were in Australia, the weather saved their arses so much. England had half a dozen injuries easy for 4 of the Test matches during the Ashes and as a result I think they put up a good performance which such a young and inexperienced side. If New Zealand fielded such a young side with 6 injuries they wouldn't have been able to force the match into 3 days. New Zealand were full strength when they played in Australia, so were South Africa. England are the better team than South Africa, I don't care if South Africa won in India because India are hopeless and haven't been a force ever, and they were lucky to beat Australia, come one they won cause Laxman and Dravid basically had a "miracle" and batted the innings of their lives and Laxman's innings isn't a true reflextion of his ability, it was all luck and at that stage India were down and out, mental toughness lost the series for Australia in India, not talent but mental toughness. What you must remember is South Africans are very arrogant people, they expect to beat everyone and with this attitudue they tend to play to their ability, but the English lack confidence, that is why England choke and lose to Australia when they should have won in the past. On ability England are the best team behind Australia.