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  • Australia 1948

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  • South Africa 1970

    10 13.89%
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    23 31.94%
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    Best Test Team Ever?

    While we have a West Indies vs Australia thread it would be interesting to see who you think were the greatest Test Team ever.
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    SA 1970 had the potential to become it.

    WI were [or Aus.. see t'other thread].
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Pickup
    SA 1970 had the potential to become it.

    WI were [or Aus.. see t'other thread].
    I've gone with the South Africans - in the Pollock brothers, Eddie Barlow, Mike Procter and Barry Richards they had five players who were absolute class forming the engine-room of the team. Throw in Irvine, Lance, Goddard, Bacher and the like and you had the nearest thing to an unbeatable side I have ever seen.

    Of course, politics dictated they would only ever play a series every 2 or 3 years because of the foul apartheid system. How dominant would they have been on a diet of 10-12 tests and 20 ODI's a year? In another world, under another system, in another age ...... (and that's what we're playing here, of course)
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    Im tempted to agree with Eddie.. Some world class players who got very little proper test cricket...
    However I am going to give the recent Aussies the edge, very slightly
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    Quote Originally Posted by luckyeddie
    I've gone with the South Africans - in the Pollock brothers, Eddie Barlow, Mike Procter and Barry Richards they had five players who were absolute class forming the engine-room of the team. Throw in Irvine, Lance, Goddard, Bacher and the like and you had the nearest thing to an unbeatable side I have ever seen.

    Of course, politics dictated they would only ever play a series every 2 or 3 years because of the foul apartheid system. How dominant would they have been on a diet of 10-12 tests and 20 ODI's a year? In another world, under another system, in another age ...... (and that's what we're playing here, of course)
    as i was only born in 1972, i never got to see the SA team of 69/70...but yeah on paper that team (esp Richards,the two Pollocks, barlow,and proctor) look like an awesome team...but i would like to point out that when SA hammered Australia (in SA), that Australian team were no great shakes, especially with the ball..and so that South African team never played together against top opposition...so i think that yeah they had the potential, but I dont think that they should be considered up there with WI of the 80's or Australia of this century.

    They could have been a bit like India are...all the talent in the world, but for a long time didnt carry it through.

    Am I being a bit harsh on South Africa there Eddie???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swervy
    as i was only born in 1972, i never got to see the SA team of 69/70...but yeah on paper that team (esp Richards,the two Pollocks, barlow,and proctor) look like an awesome team...but i would like to point out that when SA hammered Australia (in SA), that Australian team were no great shakes, especially with the ball..and so that South African team never played together against top opposition...so i think that yeah they had the potential, but I dont think that they should be considered up there with WI of the 80's or Australia of this century.

    They could have been a bit like India are...all the talent in the world, but for a long time didnt carry it through.

    Am I being a bit harsh on South Africa there Eddie???
    Probably, but there was no way of telling. It was a team starved of test cricket, but when they did get the opportunity to play...... BOY!

    Eddie Barlow was a hero of mine (captained Derbyshire) - that fact and of course having had the pleasure of watching Graeme Pollock score an undefeated double century against Kent one sunny Wednesday afternoon at Canterbury nearly 40 years ago has made me biased.

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    its hard for me to pick that SA side because it was unproven. perhaps they were the most talented side but whether they managed to convert that into performances is another story. i would vote for the WI team simply because they had accomplished everything. australia still have unfinished business in india and until they manage to win in india i will always put the WI team on top. i really dont think that australian team in 2000 was that good....its just that the other teams at that time were so very bad
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    Best team in my lifetime, the 2000 Aussies They win hands, feet, fingers and toes down.

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    Agreed with you there Linda.

    The Aussies of 2000/2001 were the best team I have ever seen.
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    The thread title was 'best test team ever', not 'best team I have seen'. Applying the second criterion as opposed to the first is bound to give the result of the most recent from the list as the best, because less than 50% on here even SAW the second-most recent.

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    The SA team of the late 70s early 80s would've been even better:

    Barry Richards
    Jimmy Cook
    Peter Kirsten
    Graeme Pollock
    Kenny McEwan
    Clive Rice
    Mike Proctor
    Ray Jennings
    Garth le Roux
    Denys Hobson
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    Quote Originally Posted by masterblaster
    Agreed with you there Linda.

    The Aussies of 2000/2001 were the best team I have ever seen.
    And that West Indies was one of the worst teams I have seen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by luckyeddie
    The thread title was 'best test team ever', not 'best team I have seen'. Applying the second criterion as opposed to the first is bound to give the result of the most recent from the list as the best, because less than 50% on here even SAW the second-most recent.
    Yes unfortunetly I think people are voting for the best team they have seen, and most have only seen Australia. The first 3 teams have a combined total of under 10%, despite being brilliant. The most recent team has nearly half the vote, and they may have been an amazing size but the difference is not as stark as the voting suggests.

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    Quote Originally Posted by a massive zebra
    The most recent team has nearly half the vote, and they may have been an amazing size but .....
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