Kersi is an author of 14 cricket books including The Waugh Twins, Crcket's Great All-rounders, Six Appeal and Nervous Nineties. He writes regularly for Inside Cricket and other publications. He is busy with his new book on From Bradman to Kohli -- Best of Australia - India Test cricket with Forewords by Allan Border and Sunil Gavaskar .
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To lose a Test match or series is disappointing. But for Australia to lose to South Africa – without their best batsman, AB de Villiers, and best bowler, Dale Steyn – by huge margins is humiliating.
There is no disgrace in losing a Test match. But to be thrashed as Australia was to South Africa in Perth yesterday by 177 runs certainly requires a review.
John William Gleeson, the Australian mystery spinner of the 1970s, died on Saturday aged 78.
Test cricket is full of acts of heroism, the never-say-die spirit of players.
The only Test cricketer to live for over 100 years was South Africa’s Norman Gordon (1911- 2014), 103 years and 27 days old. I thought that this record would be broken by another South African Test cricketer, fast bowler Lindsay Tuckett.
I know cricket is not in the Rio Olympics, but there is a rush as to who will claim the top-ranking – call it a gold medal – in Test cricket.