As 2009 dawns the stage does seem set for a pulsating duel for the No 1 spot between South Africa and India. Even though Australia is still rated numero uno it is clear that they are slipping and it is only a matter of time before they are dislodged from the exalted status they have enjoyed for so many years. Which team will take over however promises to be one of the highlights of the year.
On results last year it would appear that South Africa are the front runners. They did not lose a Test series while getting the better of West Indies, Bangladesh (twice), England and Australia. The victories in England and Australia were particularly significant. They had not won a series in England for 43 years and as far as their record `Down Under’ it was as woeful as it can get. They had not won a series in Australia for almost a hundred years since their maiden visit in 1910-11. Moreover they handed out the first series loss to Australia at home in 16 years. South Africa also shared aRead More »from Pulsating contest in prospect