South Africa – 3
It is fair to say that following the end of domination by Australia in the late 2000s, it was South Africa, under the leadership of Graeme Smith, that was by far the best Team in the world due to their imperious away record.
Between 2007-2014, South Africa did not lose a single series away from home and their most significant achievements include consecutive Test series win on English and Australian soil in 2008 and 2012.
South Africa claimed the numero-uno spot in the ICC Test rankings for the first time in their history by beating England 2-0 and they further established their authority by beating the Aussies Down Under 1-0 before smashing Pakistan 3-0 on home soil.
The 2013/14 season proved to be a mix-bag for South Africa as they managed to just about keep Pakistan to parity in the UAE (1-1). They won against India at home (1-0) thanks to a Dale Steyn masterclass in the Durban Test.
However, their poor record against Australia in home Tests continued as they lost the three-match series against a rampaging Michael Clarke-led unit, which was fresh off their 5-0 mauling of their ‘old enemy’- England.
However, South Africa just about managed to retain the mace and they did the same the following year to make it three in a row as they beat Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka (1-0) before beating Zimbabwe in a one-off Test and a hopeless West Indies unit 2-0.
The Proteas eventually lost the ICC Test mace to Steve Smith’s Australia at the end of the 2015/16 season.