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).Because South Africa kept failing to win series. We just did this.
So spectacularly that we didn't even play it that yearDrawing with Pakistan in the UAE is something England spectacularly failed to do in 2011.
People love to overrate SA based on their paper team. They're doing it now with the ODI side.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
do you ever think anyone is good?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.
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.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.