Hi All,

In the below sentence what context does the "Having said that" has.

"I think England have their best chance in ten-fifteen years," Gooch told rediff.com. "Having said that, Australia is still the number one side."

Hello Guest

It means 'nonetheless'. Or 'but'.

'That' here refers back to the entire preceding sentence about England's chances. Although the England team has its best chance in 10-15 years, the Australian team is better.

You can also say 'That said,...'

(NB 'Having said that,...' can also be used to mean simply 'after saying that'; but the 'nonetheless' meaning predominates.)