If cricket had been founded in England, it really took off with their contests against Australia. It had all started when a group of Australian Aborigines had toured England in 1868; it took nine years for the first Test to be played, and five more years for the Ashes - the mother of all cricket contests - to take off.
It took several decades for a third team to compete with Australia and England. By the time South Africa and West Indies had stamped their firm authorities in world cricket, the world of cricket had already witnessed the entire career of Don Bradman - the greatest cricketer that ever was.
Without a doubt Australia has been the most consistent team over years. There has not been a five-year lull during which they were not among the top three sides in the world. The Australian style of playing cricket in an inimitable aggressive, never-say-die attitude has probably been the driving factor behind their consistent success.
They also revolutionised cricket in more ways than one, thanks to their on-field aggression, quick scoring; off the field, the Kerry Packer era had played a major role in improvement the sports in terms of the players earnings and broadcasting technologies.
Australia had played the first One-Day international and have won four World Cups, which included a hat-trick of victories from 1999 to 2007. Even if one discounts the genius and impact of Bradman, they have produced legends of the sport on a consistent basis, right from Victor Trumper to Adam Gilchrist.