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Kersi Meher-Homji

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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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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

Clarke’s positives as a captain and batsman far outweigh his minuses. Australians should be proud of his achievements.

A sad swan song for Clarkey

India was ahead in the Brisbane Test when Johnson joined skipper Smith. The sledging to Johnson brought the best out of him as batsman and bowler. Aggro is good but too much aggro led to India’s defeat.
Well done, Australia. They deserved to win.

India are copying Australia, and it's costing them victory

Correction: At the end of the story, there is a typo. It should be 300 runs and not 30 runs.

If India sets Australia a win target of 300 runs on the fifth and final day, it could be the repeat of the Adelaide Test which concluded last Saturday with the result in doubt till the last hour.

Better batting in Brisbane than BBL

Hi Rustom, Kharshed is my uncle, alas no more.
I never saw him bat or keep wickets because of our age difference but he was a brilliant story teller despite his stammer.
He would have been brilliant in today’s T20 matches. Once in a Parsees v. Europeans match at the Bombay Gymkhana in 1936, he hit the dreaded Harold Larwood for four fours in the opening over.

Do you live in India?

Eleven Test records that may never be broken

Mark and Shortfineleg,
These days umpires take their decision on bad light and don’t offer it to the players.

Clarke courageous, but Australia should have declared earlier

Thank you Keshava and all Roarers.
A tragic day for the cricket fraternity.

Near death experiences of G. Watson, Sutcliffe and Patil recalled

Bayman, thank you for sharing the Chatfield story. Hope you did not ask him unknowingly, “Did you ever bowl in your life?” Just as Tony Greig had asked an oldish man (who turned out to be Don Bradman) in1971, “Did you play any cricket in your younger days?”

I am sure Bradman, Greig, our friend Vinay Verma and Phil Hughes must be discussing cricket in heaven. Bless their souls.

Bayman, Can you recall any other on-field cricket fatality apart from Bedkober’s?

Near death experiences of G. Watson, Sutcliffe and Patil recalled

What a tragedy! May Phil Hughes’ soul rest in peace!

I remember chatting with him two years ago at the SCG nets. I told him that his dashing stroke-play reminded me of Sehwag. And he modestly replied, “But Sehwag is a great batsman.”

A likeable personality, Phil Hughes!

Near death experiences of G. Watson, Sutcliffe and Patil recalled