My best SA side

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Aug 15, 2019, 23:37

1. Richards 2. Smith 3. Amla 4. AB 5. Kallis 6. G. Pollock 7. de Kock 8. S. Pollock 9. Rabada 10. Steyn 11. Donald

No place for a spinner as none are worthy

Close call between Boucher and de Kock

Aug 16, 2019, 00:30

Hugh Tayfield was arguably the best spinner in the world for 3 years. Rabada would go and Quintie whose keeping and batting in the WC were not All Star standard. I would bring in Mike Proctor in place of Rabada. And Tayfield in place of Quint....AB is a perfectly fine keeper. If you want a specialist keeper, Boucher or Johnny Waite were much superior.

And Graham Pollock should bat at 5.

Aug 16, 2019, 01:06

Boucher had fight in him but de Kock is more talented and flamboyant so I’m going with Quin.

As good as Pollock was I just can’t see Kallis at 6.

I think Rabada will end up being even better than Steyn and Donald were so he is a definite for me

Tayfield and Keith Oxlee were my father in laws lawn bowling partners back in the day in Durban

Aug 16, 2019, 01:33

I never got to see the likes of Richards and pollock unfortunately.

Post isolation team: Smith Gibbs Kirsten Hash Kallis AB QDK Pollock Steyn Ntini Donald

Aug 16, 2019, 01:34

My only iffy pick is ntini over robharder

Aug 16, 2019, 01:55

Rabada is far superior to Ntini no contest

Kirsten was good but not great.

Aug 16, 2019, 04:40

Nobody was more elegant than Pollock, his cover drive has to be in the mix as the greatest stroke in the history of the game.

Aug 16, 2019, 10:39

Yeah I did not see much of him and Richards - i was too young!!

Aug 16, 2019, 17:29

I saw Pollock play at Wanderers in a test against the Ausies in 1969/70.   I also saw Barlow that day bowling to the Aussie captain - Bill Lawry,

First ball he played and missed and the second and third one the same.  So Barlow  walked over to him and handed him his glasses.  The fourth ball he clean-bowled him,  I will never forget that one.


Oct 06, 2019, 17:57

I had the honor of bowling to Pollock while doing my ACF stint in Bloemfontein.

He was serving in the Armoured Car Regiment at that time and he was a very gifted stroke player and a class guy all round.

Richards, Smith,  Gibbs, Kallis, Pollock, AB, Boucher, Tayfield, Proctor, Steyn, Donald.

12th Man would be either Colin Bland or Jonty Rhodes.

Oct 06, 2019, 21:14

Sorry saffex...

that side wont do.

Not enough natives!

Nov 24, 2019, 12:41

What ... no Clive Rice ... no Gary Kirsten ... no Gibbs??

Amla? You're kidding right?

Radebe ... lol!!!

Typical Stupid Dave.

I see you're just as confused in cricket.

Best you leave all sport alone, boy.

Nov 25, 2019, 07:35

Not having seen the all stars 60's Protea side makes it nigh impossible to compare and select the best ever South African side. I'm happy to go with the opinions of those who know and understand the game, ex players like Bill Lawry, Ian Chappell, and the late Tony Greig etc. I can't remember a time Graeme Pollock's name didn't pop up in commentary when the Proteas toured down under.

On that basis Richards and Graeme Pollock is a must but then what about Eddie Barlow, Colin Bland and Peter Pollock who were both voted Wisden Cricketer of the Year, and let's also not forget Clive Rice, Vincent van De Bijl probably one or two that I've missed.

Post Apartheid, Donald, Shaun Pollock, Steyn, Amla and Kallis is at the top of my list.

Smith was technically flawed and would not make my best side.

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