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Kersi Meher-Homji

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Kersi is an author of 15 cricket books including The Waugh Twins, Crcket's Great All-rounders, Six Appeal and Nervous Nineties. He writes regularly for Inside Cricket, Roar, The Indian Down Under and other publications. He has recently published 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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Thanks for proving my theory for more series in 2018-19. You are knowledgeable and far from being a nuisance!

When centuries won Test series

Ah, what a shame! A quartet of centurions missed by a solitary run!

When centuries won Test series

Interesting addition, RobPeters. Thanks.

When centuries won Test series

JohnB, yes; Test cricket springs many surprises.

When centuries won Test series

Thank you DaveJ and Rajesh Kumar.

When centuries won Test series

Good observation, Anindya.

When centuries won Test series

You are correct, Bush. Over all, my “theory” does not hold true. I was referring only to these successive Test series — Australia vs India and Sri Lanka and SL vs South Africa played in succession within three months. A quirky observation in these three series, not an established fact. More often than not, bowlers win matches.

When centuries won Test series

Thank you, Paul. My hats off to the Sri Lankan cricketers.

When centuries won Test series

Thank you Anindya, Brainstrust and Ameer for sharing memories.
It looks as if the MCG pitch in today’s Test will deteriorate on days 4 and 5. Hope not like the one in 1981.

The MCG thriller of 1981

Thank you, Kangas.
The caption under Allan Border says that Border’s men collapsed. The captain in that Test was Greg Chappell.

The MCG thriller of 1981

I forgot to mention in my previous comment: Grimmett was over the moon when Hazare scored centuries in both innings of the 1947-48 Adelaide Test against Bradman’s Australians.

200 not out: The story of Clarrie Grimmett and Yasir Shah

An excellent article, Anindya. I might add that after retirement Grimmett had come to India as a coach and was called Guru Grimmett. His best student? Vijay Hazare. In all his letters to me, my hero Hazare spoke glowingly of Grimmett’s coaching. Although a famous spinner but a tai-ender, Grimmett coached one of India’s finest batsman, Hazare. And when Hazare scored centuries in both innings, Grimmett was over the moon.

200 not out: The story of Clarrie Grimmett and Yasir Shah

Hi Sheek, Anindya, and fellow Roarers.
Remember, you heard this first on the Roar. My prediction: There will be headlines in a fortnight saying, “In view of the toxic culture of CA it has been found that what Smith, Warner and Bancroft did in March was also CA’s fault and the ban on Smith, Warner and Bancroft will be reduced to eight months. All three will be able to play in the Test series against India.

Should David Peever have resigned?

Tom, Was Peever the only guilty person? Is he solely responsible for destroying the CA culture?

Should David Peever have resigned?

Thank you Roarers for your comments. Can anyone tell me when the CA culture turn sour? Or did it happen only in 2018? What about the so called culture or lack of culture of Boards of other countries?
Cheating on the field is going on for decades by most countries. Should cricket Boards of all countries resign?

Should David Peever have resigned?

Yes, Zim Zam, the critics are very fickle. Happy retirement to Clarke, Haddin, Watson and Rogers. They contributed an enormous lot to Australian cricket, especially Clarke and Watson.

Haddin will be missed behind - and in front of - the stumps

True, SL have lost their big names. So have India: Tendulkar, Dravid, V V S, Sehwag, Kumble, Gambhi, Also Dhoni in Tests.

Swinging series in Sri Lanka ignored in Australia

Thank you all for your interesting comments.
I must thank CricInfo for keeping me informed. But for them I would have missed the recent fascinating India in Sri Lanka series.

Swinging series in Sri Lanka ignored in Australia

Thank you Ronan and Johnno.
True Sanga, Jayawardene, Murali and Dilshan have retired but in Mathews, Chandimal and Herath they have excellent replacements.
This SL-Ind was one of the best Test series yet I could not watch it on TV. But for CricInfo I would have missed it.
Why was SL-Pak series televised and not SL-Ind? That is my question.

Swinging series in Sri Lanka ignored in Australia

Thank you, Sheek and B2.

Arthur Morris was a master batsman with sense of humour

Australia was lucky in finding top class opening batsmen and Arthur Morris was among them. Look at the list:
Trumper and Duff; Ponsford, Kippax and Woodfull; Morris, Barnes and Brown; Simpson and Lawry; Hayden and Langer …
Where would Warner and Rogers fit in among them?

Arthur Morris was a master batsman with sense of humour

You are correct, AUSI.
People have such short memories.

Equal the Don? Clarke's chance for a record-breaking last Test

Luke,
To bring his Test batting average to 50, Clarke will have to score either 122 (without getting out) or 172 in one innings or 222 in two innings at The Oval.

Equal the Don? Clarke's chance for a record-breaking last Test

Thank you, Targa.

Simultaneous sayonaras to Pup and Sanga

Thank you, Viren.
Any more such additions, Roarers?

Yes, both Dravid and VVS played their last Test at Adelaide in January 2012.

Simultaneous sayonaras to Pup and Sanga