From beard of the year, to the destructive batsman: The Proteas’ greatest Test XI

Ben Darvill

While the likes of India and Australia are a fans first port of call when talking about the very best, South Africa are unfairly over-shadowed, with some of the games’ greatest cricketers emerging from there.

They have therefore been a side constantly at, or near the very top of the world in cricket. While their current team is awash with talent, how many of them would make it into the Proteas’ greatest Test XI?

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You couldn’t ask for anymore in a team. Solid openers, fluent stroke playing, explosive batting and searing pace, this South African XI would dominate the current game. Their abundance of talent means that quite a few players missed out, with the ability to make a second and third best XI to a very high standard possible.

In their ranks, this South African XI boasts the greatest all-rounder in Jacques Kallis, the most destructive hitter ever in AB De Villiers and a pace bowler that has lead the world in recent years in Dale Steyn. It is a team that would go into any game as favourites.

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