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Originally started as a cricket podcast. I have begun branching out and writing about Cricket. Super passionate about cricket especially Test Cricket. If anyone would like to catch the podcast we are available on Soundcloud, Spotify, Apple and Google podcasts and anywhere else you can find Podcasts. https://linktr.ee/TwoSlipsandaGully

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How does it fail to acknowledge modern South Africa? The majority of the players are from post 1992. And of the players picked pre the ICC ban none of them were known for holding any racist views. In fact they all played for the World XI and shared dressing rooms with coloured players.
This article was in no way politically driven.
It’s purely based on the talent of the men that have represented South Africa

What is South Africa's best ever Test XI?

I don’t think this assertion is correct.
When you look the all time stats for South African players are included.
Graeme Pollock’s name always comes up when they show all time highest batting averages.
There is no question that South Africa has a dark past but it shouldn’t discount the accomplishments of those that did play.

What is South Africa's best ever Test XI?

Kallis played 80 innings at 3 and averaged 50.
He has over 13k runs to go with all of his wickets and catches.
There is zero chance that Kallis doesn’t play in an all time South African XI.

I knew I was going to get some conjecture over the IX I picked but I would never have imagined that Kallis would be one that I needed to argue

What is South Africa's best ever Test XI?

Kallis would play ahead of Amla

What is South Africa's best ever Test XI?

No arguments here. It’s staggering that Australia hasn’t produced a genuine allrounder since Miller and South Africa are tripping over test quality all rounders.

What is South Africa's best ever Test XI?

It was a Bill Lawry led side, but Chappell was their gun batsman if that’s what you meant.

What is South Africa's best ever Test XI?

I’d argue that with Donald, Proctor and Steyn you’d have enough mongrel to compensate for Pollock’s ‘niceties’
He managed to take 400 plus wickets at less than 24 so it didn’t hold him back too much

What is South Africa's best ever Test XI?

That 90 stands out to me because it was just after Johnson had finished decimating the Poms and then he came over to South Africa and looked every bit as destructive. He hit Smith a few times, smashed Amla in the grill. Everyone looked like they were out of there element facing him.
Out strides AB and calmly stands tall and defends a shorter ball comfortably out of the middle. Just completely unbothered, if he had a partner in crime I don’t know if the Aussies would have ever got him out. One of the finest knocks I’ve seen when the rest of the side seemed completely overwhelmed.

What is South Africa's best ever Test XI?

For some clarification we didn’t consider players that never actually played any test cricket. There was already enough conjecture and what if with this XI without opening that can of worms.
While Barlow was an excellent player, Smith was one of the players we considered an absolute lock for the side.

What is South Africa's best ever Test XI?

Can definitely appreciate this point of view. Made the judgment based on his Tests and Supertest appearances and on the opinions of those playing with Procter at the time.
And let’s face it 1400 wickets at 19 is pretty damn special. I think there is enough there to justify the speculation he would have been a fine test cricketer.
But there is no issue with playing the extra batsman. Amla is an incredible talent, we just went the other way.

What is South Africa's best ever Test XI?

Not a bad shout, but we made a decision when doing these that we’d go with specialist keepers when doing these and not “cheat” and pick batsman who may have done the role briefly.
Sangakkara is good example. People select him on the basis that he averages 57 or thereabouts as a wicketkeeper in a a lot of World XI sides. But Kumar didn’t become that prolific batsman until he stopped keeping.

What is South Africa's best ever Test XI?

We didn’t really consider him as he played 44 tests for England.
But a mention regarding his impact on cricket as a South African maybe.
But given South Africa has been playing International cricket for 130 years if I mentioned everyone that deserved a mention I’d still be writing 😁

What is South Africa's best ever Test XI?

In our podcast when we selected the XI Chanderpaul was very close to getting into the side. He churned out a very good career

West Indies all-time Test XI

Curran unfortunately never played test cricket for Zimbabwe. He was an incredible player though. 36 with the bat and 27 with that ball in 300+ FC games

Zimbabwe's all-time Test XI

Eventually.
Haven’t covered that on my podcast yet, but we’ll get there.

Zimbabwe's all-time Test XI

Tom Curran

Zimbabwe's all-time Test XI

Thanks very much.
It was the aesthetic I was going for when I wrote these 😊

West Indies all-time Test XI

From what I’ve looked into he kept for his first 15 matches before giving the gloves away due to injury. His average after 15 matches was 40.
You won’t go wrong picking Walcott. But his body didn’t hold up to keeping and Dujon churned out 80 matches. So it seemed a little disingenuous to pick Walcott of the back of a 50 plus batting average to keep knowing he didn’t spend a great deal of his career there and was less successful statistically with the bat. But I completely understand people suggesting him, he was a special player.

West Indies all-time Test XI

Our podcast has 3 people.
But all of the articles published on here are written by the one person.

West Indies all-time Test XI

Haynes is actually equal 3rd in terms of hundreds scored when his team has been all out and his century was the only 50+ score. He has 4 centuries like that.
Lara has 7 and Sachin has 6.
It’s not a sure fire indicator but I think Haynes was more than an average player tagging onto a brilliant team

West Indies all-time Test XI

Underrated bowler because the Windies have struggled. Re invented himself after his body began to let him down and he couldn’t bowl rapid anymore.
Not touching the Parthenon of Windies bowlers but definitely one that deserves some kudos

West Indies all-time Test XI

I believe Boyd Rankin and Bruce Reid share the honour with Garner of being the 2nd tallest player.
Benn was about 6’7 so same height as Ambrose. Not not much difference between them all.

West Indies all-time Test XI

Mohammad Irfan from Pakistan. 7ft tall

West Indies all-time Test XI

The reason we went Dujon over Walcott is because Walcott only kept for 15 matches and didn’t have amazing batting stats while doing it. While Dujon kept his whole career.
We decided keeping Greenidge and Haynes together because as a partnership they were greater than the sum of their parts.
In the podcast we did concede that Headley and Weekes definitely had a greater statistical resume than Lloyd but we went Lloyd on the basis of his captaincy and moulding the Windies into arguably the best team that’s ever played.
That being said your suggestions are amazing players that would in no way look out of place in a All Time XI

West Indies all-time Test XI

Oh wow, my mistake.
Thanks for pointing that out.
Should a have paid closer attention when writing the article.

West Indies all-time Test XI

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