Sport Thought: Context crucial when ranking Test history’s ‘greatest’

WA Today – What about the tied Tests of Madras and Brisbane?


  • Only three men have played 50 Tests and averaged more than 60 – Don Bradman, Herbert Sutcliffe and Smith.
  • Don’t forget the great feats of Australian Allan Border.
  • But for Border, there was little, or infrequent, help from 1985 to 1988, as a team ravaged by retirements and defections to a rebel tour of South Africa weakened batting and bowling stocks – both of which heaped more pressure on the man known simply as “AB”.
  • A fifth of Border’s 156 Tests were against the West Indies, the overwhelming dominant force of the 1980s.
  • Then there was Border’s two unbeaten innings in 1984 of 98 (of a team total of 255) and 100 (of a team total of 9-299) in the second Test against the West Indies in Trinidad.

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