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  • 1900-1910

    3 9.68%
  • 1910s

    0 0%
  • 1920s

    0 0%
  • 1930s

    7 22.58%
  • 1940s

    1 3.23%
  • 1950s

    0 0%
  • 1960s

    1 3.23%
  • 1970s

    12 38.71%
  • 1980s

    8 25.81%
  • 1990s

    13 41.94%
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    That is a good summary cmd. The only thing that I could think of that was missing was perhaps a definition of what the ashes actually are. That is, the event that lead to England and Australia playing for the ashes. I know the details of these events but I think that this is quite a significant part of the timeline and should be included.

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    1990's because its the only one i was alive for
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    Very good work for CDM. Nailed on for the Afridi at this stage IMO.

    For me I'm going for the 90's and post 96/97 when I started to be interested in cricket after watching Aravinda da Silva bat as I can only really comment on that.
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    I'd tend to rule out any decade with only two reasonable sides as the best decade of the 20th century, which pretty much takes care of everything pre-WW2, although obviously there was some Ashes stuff I'd love to have seen. The 1950's saw three good sides for the first time and a truckload of ATG players. But there were still some poor sides, and I don't think we had a genuinely great side. Also, some of the cricket played (SA vs England anyone?) was funereal. Ditto the 1960's.

    I think the 1970's would have been right up there if Packer hadn't intervened at a time when Aus, WI & Pakistan were superb. Plus you had India bringing their own very different attributes to the mix. The 1980's were good in parts, but there were a lot of poor sides as well.

    The 1990's may well be the best of the lot. Lots of good sides, no sides that were out of their depth and no political interference for the first time since SA started playing test cricket. Good contests between bat & ball, with great spinners as well as quicks, and numerous genuinely world class batsmen. We probably didn't know how lucky we were.


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    Great work cdm I can tell you've put a great deal of effort into that.

    I'm too young to have seen any of the decades mentioned apart from a bit of the 90's. I think the 70's and the 90's were the best of the past 50 years. Before that I think the 30's would have been a great time to be a cricket fan with Bodyline and Bradman at his peak.
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    Top Effort there CDM. Made a good read and was pretty intresting too.

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    70's 80's or 30's for me.

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    Mods sorry but can you turn the poll into a public one. Please.
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    70s, 80s and 90s for mine. Wasn't alive to see the West Indian teams of those Decades, but from videos and re-runs on TV/Youtube etc It's just made me watch in awe of some of the greatest cricketers ever to live.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cover drive man View Post
    Mods sorry but can you turn the poll into a public one. Please.
    Not sure that can be done, TBH.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    Well done CDM - a lot of work in there.

    Will be interesting to see if people plum for the decades which they have seen, particularly the decade they may have grown up with.

    Very thought-provoking. Good stuff PF too.
    yeah i agree. lots of work gone into that post. i appreciate that.

    i was going to choose between 70s and 80s and burgey's comment has got me thinking. let me consider all these eras and decide which one i would have enjoyed most.

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    seems a lot of people think the nighties.

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    I certainly do, and I'd be surprised if that many didn't. I was pretty fortunate to get hooked on the game at that time and, as already suggested, perhaps I didn't know how lucky I was. The last 6 years has been pretty average compared to it.

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    The 60s. A maturing Elvis Presley taught us all to rock, while four lads from Liverpool began performing together, not realising they'd irrevocably re-shape popular culture. The birth control pill gave women a freedom they'd never enjoyed before, while the writings of Simone de Bovoir and other feminists gave them a new conceptual framework. Meanwhile, Neil Armstrong kicked the moon while the world united to watch that one small step. Great leaders emerged, and some were snatched away too young.










    Just kidding.

    I voted 1990s, although I really probably opt for say 1985 to 1995. Greats like Richards, Border and Marshall still going. Several talented teams, the emergence of guys like Tendulkar... Wasim and Waqar. Curtly and Courtenay. A chubby blond kid from Melbourne... Great days
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