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    Because South Africa kept failing to win series. We just did this.

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    Salamuddin in anti-England stance. I for one am shocked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pothas View Post
    Because South Africa kept failing to win series. We just did this.
    SA beat the WIndies 2-0 away in 2010 and Sri Lanka 2-1 in 2011. They also drew away in India and Pakistan (hardly results to scoff at).
    The only thing you could probably hold against them was failing to beat England in 09-10 despite dominating the series. On balance they were still a better credentialled team than England.
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    Beating Sri Lanka and West Indies makes them the best side in the world? Ok then.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pothas View Post
    Beating Sri Lanka and West Indies makes them the best side in the world? Ok then.
    Umm. beating West Indies in the Caribbean is something England failed to do in 2009.
    Drawing with Pakistan in the UAE is something England spectacularly failed to do in 2011.

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    Never seen a bigger myth than South Africa 2009-2011. Literally the only thing they had going for them was a drawn series in India. They went four home series in a row without a win. That was at a time when England only lost two home tests in 20 and won in Australia very convincingly.
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    Imagine getting to the end of this period and thinking South Africa had any claim to be the world's best side. Team records | Test matches | Cricinfo Statsguru | ESPN Cricinfo
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    Quote Originally Posted by Salamuddin View Post
    Drawing with Pakistan in the UAE is something England spectacularly failed to do in 2011.
    So spectacularly that we didn't even play it that year

    Are you unable to read? People are claiming England were the best team in 2011. An honour we claimed by beating the #1 ranked team of the day 4-0.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cabinet96 View Post
    Imagine getting to the end of this period and thinking South Africa had any claim to be the world's best side. Team records | Test matches | Cricinfo Statsguru | ESPN Cricinfo
    People love to overrate SA based on their paper team. They're doing it now with the ODI side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Salamuddin View Post
    How were they better than South AFrica though ?
    By the same logic South Africa didn't win a series against England between 2008 and 2012, so how were they better than England?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Salamuddin View Post
    Very questionable whether that Indian side was very good. England faced probably the weakest side India put out in a home series in a generation.

    Sehwag, Gambhir, Tendulkar and Zaheer were all well past their best. Kohli, Pujara, Ashwin were all still rookies. On top of that Yadav got injured after his match winning performance in the first test at Ahmedabad.

    The truth is that series win probably masked over the weakness inherent in the England side - they were luckly to get away with a draw in NZ shortly afterwards and obvioulsy got demolished in Oz a year later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillian Thomson View Post
    There's an irrational sense of optimism amongst a lot of England followers. We have no Test class spinner, no Test class Keeper, a new ball pair who currently both look likely to crack under pressure, unproven and inadequate 3rd and 4th seamer, a number 6 who'll come off twice a summer if we're lucky, unproven and iffy looking opener, a middle order where two of the three are misfiring. Happy holidays.
    I wouldn't normally quote my own posts, but looking back at my lack of optimism for the series, not much has changed - yet The Ashes are coming home.

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