South Africa's greatest batsmen

'South Africa’s Greatest Batsmen' provides insights about each man’s background and career, his batting technique, and his main achievements at the crease.
Bacher, Ali; Williams, David
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Title: South Africa's greatest batsmen
Authors: Ali Bacher; David Williams
Genre: Cricket history
Publisher: Penguin Random House South Africa
Imprint: Zebra Press
4th edition. Cape Town, South Africa, 2015
ISBN 9781770228658 / ISBN 978-1-77022-865-8
Softcover, 15 x 23 cm, 256 pages, numerous photos


Based on new information, 'South Africa’s Greatest Batsmen' will take you down memory lane as former and current players reminisce about their most important innings, the bowlers they most feared and the teammates they most respected in cricket sport. Batsmen in Test cricket are regarded as excellent if they achieve a career average of more than 50. At the end of December 2014, of those from all countries who played at least 20 innings, only 39 men had managed to average 50 runs per innings in the 137 years since the first Test between England and Australia in 1877. One must be cautious in comparing the statistics of batsmen from different eras. Scoring rates have risen in the last two decades. Until the post-isolation period, South African batsmen were tested mainly by the bowlers of England and Australia, and generally those two countries fielded powerful teams - especially in the 1930s and 1950s. Modern batsmen have had the opportunity to boost their statistics with matches against weak sides from Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, but have also had to deal with the pitches of the Indian subcontinent, which the old-timers did not.

Content: South Africa's greatest batsmen

Authors' Note
Part One: The Test of Time
Herby Taylor, Bruce Mitchell, Dudley Nourse and Eric Rowan
Part Two: Genius Cut Short
Graeme Pollock
Barry Richards
Colin Bland
Part Three: What Might Have Been
Ahmed Deedat
Frank Roro
Part Four: Something to Prove
Gary Kirsten
Jacques Kallis
Part Five: Transformation, Exile and Captaincy
Graeme Smith
Kevin Pietersen
Part Six: Glittering in a Golden Era
Hashim Amla
A. B. de Villiers
Postscript: Who Is the Greatest of the Great?
Note on Sources and Bibliography