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    Each nation's best & worst World Cup teams

    Just thought this could be an interesting topic to discuss. My thoughts, just with the Test nations...

    AUSTRALIA
    Best: They're four-time winners, so we're a bit spoiled for choice. But I thought they had a particular aura of invincibility in 2003 and 2007.
    Worst: 1983 - they were knocked out in the group stage and won only two of their eight games. The 2011 group were a bit unlucky that their relatively early exit compares so unfavourably with winning the previous three.

    BANGLADESH
    Best: Possibly 2015, actually. They seem to have more depth right now than I've seen before.
    Worst: 2003 - it was their first World Cup since gaining Test status, so they had a bit of a point to prove. But instead they went winless and finished bottom of their pool, even losing to Canada.

    ENGLAND
    Best: Runners-up in in 1979, 1987 and 1992. I'd probably vote for their 1992 team as the best of these.
    Worst: Is it too much of a knee-jerk to say 2015? There's no shortage of talent in the squad, but it just hasn't translated to results in the tournament.

    INDIA
    Best: Two-time winners of course, but I was particularly impressed by them in 2011.
    Worst: A pretty ignominious early exit in 2007.

    NEW ZEALAND
    Best: Going with my heart and saying 2015.
    Worst: We haven't really had a terrible one. We were narrowly knocked out in the pool stage in 1983, so I'd have to say that was our worst.

    PAKISTAN
    Best: 1992 stands out here, really.
    Worst: I guess you'd have to say 2007 for them as well.

    SOUTH AFRICA
    Best: They seem to bring a formidable squad almost every time. But I particularly liked the group they had in 1999.
    Worst: The group stage exit in 2003 was their worst result, but it was a strong team. They haven't really had a weak one. 1996 maybe?

    SRI LANKA
    Best: Hard to go past 1996.
    Worst: They were pretty feeble in 1999.

    WEST INDIES:
    Best: The winning teams in 1975 and 1979 were both pretty legendary.
    Worst: 2015

    ZIMBABWE
    Best: 1999 was a fantastic squad. Loved watching them play.
    Worst: 2007 was pretty weak for them.

    What do you think?
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    good shout, agree with all of them tbh ! from a personal perspective, absolutely agree for SL....
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    Think India's team in 1975 and 79 were worse than the 2007 one.
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    Pakistan's best team was 1999, not 1992.

    Worst pakistan team is 2015
    And smalishah's avatar is the most classy one by far Jan certainly echoes the sentiments of CW

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    Think Australia's 1979 side was pretty weak too.

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    Not convinced England's 2015 side is their worst. 1996 one was pretty dire, just the minnows were weaker back then, as was the 2011 one.

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    NZ's 83 team was actually crazy strong on paper by our standards, and we were good at ODI cricket in 82/83, but they had a poor tournament.

    87 and 96 were the worse teams we have sent. 96 slightly overachieved based on their talent.

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    Are we talking about the worst result/performance or worst side going into the tournament?

    In India's case their 07 line up wasn't the worst, they just happened to not play at their best and got knocked out, the 07 format was pretty poor as well so that obviously played a part.
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    the aus 2007 wc team remains one of the most hilarious odi sides to ever take the field. ridiculously stacked.
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    Can someone give me a lesson on Sri Lanka's performances in 75, 79, 83 and 87 before I confirm with the OP about 99?

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    India 2007 wasn't India's worst. It just underperformed. Sure it wasn't going to win the world cup but it is better than India in 99.
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    Would go with 1975 as worst team for India. Gavaskar's 36*. Enough said. In 1979 too they didn't win a single game, not even against SL the minnows of the time. So that's a candidate too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pratters View Post
    Not convinced England's 2015 side is their worst. 1996 one was pretty dire, just the minnows were weaker back then, as was the 2011 one.
    2007 squad was pretty feeble too.

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    Australia 2003 team was the best. Bowling was superb even without Warne and batting was the best of the bunch - peak Ponting, Hayden, Gilchrist, Martyn, Symonds. And Bevan to finish it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spark View Post
    the aus 2007 wc team remains one of the most hilarious odi sides to ever take the field. ridiculously stacked.
    Remember when they had to manipulate the batting order to ensure Mike Hussey, of all people, actually got a hit?

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