SA Go for Rare Grand Slam as Aussies Chase Top Spot

In the 17-year history of the Test Cricket League, only one nation has ever managed to achieve a clean sweep of series trophies and claim the competition’s ultimate prize: the Grand Slam Trophy.  Unsurprisingly, the team was Australia, who attained the prize twice during the mid-to-late 2000s.

Now a new team has a rare opportunity to complete a full set of series trophies and lay claim to the Grand Slam.  Graeme Smith’s brilliant South Africans will create Test Cricket League history if they can defeat an Australian home side over three eagerly awaited Test matches, starting on 9 November.

The Australians themselves are also in the hunt for silverware.  An outright series win would lift them into the coveted no 1 position in the table – at the expense of South Africa.  The Baggy Greens last held the title of Champions in August 2009 and must be desperate to regain the top-dog status that the cricketing world had once virtually taken for granted.  Since their humbling Ashes defeat of 2010-11, Australia have been on a mission to rebuild their side – a thumping whitewash of India a year later demonstrates that they may well be on the way to achieving that goal.

For all the Aussies’ resurgent muscularity, it’s hard to bet against a side as copiously talented as this current South African outfit.  Arguably the world’s best batting line-up complements inarguably the world’s best fast bowling attack, with the magnificent Jacques Kallis still contributing ably to both units at the age of 37.

A win for South Africa and the Grand Slam is theirs – a win for Australia and they seal a glorious return to the top of the table.  This heavyweight contest could hardly be better poised.

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