Description : The best of the best, these are the greatest players of the 20th Century playing in the same side. Former Test cricketer and author Ashley Mallett describes the agony and ecstasy in selecting the best Eleven of the past 100 years. From the short list to the final selection, he provides the reason and argument towards achieving the perfectly balanced side. The outcome is a team with great batting depth - nine players who have scored Test Centuries, and specialist batsmen who are courageous, consistent and adaptable. There are one batting all-rounder and two bowling all-rounders. The attack is a potent mix of genuine pace bowling, complemented by two brilliant spinners: one a leg-spinner, the other an off-spinner. This Eleven would beat any combination - anywhere and at anytime.
Description : Based on interviews by Ashley Mallett with Ian Chappell, this book presents Ian Chappell's reflections on his career, players he played with and against, and on current and past cricketing issues.
Description : Thommo was feared by batsmen all around the world. Sri Lankan Sunil Wettimuny recalls facing one of Thommo's balls: ""Never before or since that day did I know fear on the cricket field."" Mike Brearley, the Middlesex captain who led England during the World Series Cricket incursion, said of Thommo: ""Broken marriages, conflicts of loyalty, the problems of everyday life fall away as one faces up to Thomson."" This is Jeff Thomson's story, from the cricket fields of his Sydney schoolboy days to the international matches and beyond, as told to Ashley Mallet by Thommo, his former team mates, and his opponents. Thommo's legendary partnership with Dennis Lillee, a combination known as Lillian Thomson, was one of the most lethal in the history of cricket. As the caption to Paul Rigby's famous cartoon said: ""Ashes to ashes, dust to dustif Thommo don't get ya, Lillee must.""
Description : Doug Walters, one of Australia's most loved cricketing heroes, speaks to Ashley Mallett about cricket and cricketers past and present.
Description : The talented black cricketers who toured England in 1868 have become one of Australia's enduring sporting legends. Aboriginal sporting heroes are found in many sports today, from football to tennis, boxing and athletics, but it was very different in the nineteenth century when the pastoral frontier was still bitterly disputed by whites and blacks. Aboriginal workers on the Wimmera sheep stations began to develop and organise their cricketing skills during the 1860s and were recruited into a team by station owner and former Test cricketer Tom Wills. On Boxing Day 1866 they played before 8000 people at the MCG, followed by a disastrous Sydney tour which lead to the deaths of some players. Former test player Ashley Mallet has dramatically reconstructed this important pioneering tour of England and has also included the careers of later black players, including the famous fast bowler Eddie Gilbert who died tragically without fulfilling his potential.
Description : Don Bradman is the Eternal Flame of cricket. As the greatest batsman of them all, Bradman consumed bowlers like a firestorm. Such a fabled and long career cast an immense shadow over Bradman's peers and opponents alike. Their stories are gathered here to make up Bradman's Band, the cricket legends who played alongside or against him in the Test arena. Among them are Larwood, Miller, Compton, Hutton, Headley, Allen, O'Reilly, Mailey, and Kippax. Author Ashley Mallett skilfully rekindles the Bodyline Ashes conflict, and the great religious divide Down Under of the 1930s. His description of the vendettas and jealousies among Bradman's peers are fascinating reflections on the players and the game. Bringing us closer to home is a profile of what The Don describes as his "greatest partnership", his sixty-five-year marriage to Jessie Bradman. The is a fascinating story of the cricket legends in Bradman's Band.
Description : Footballer Bobby Moore and cricketer Graham Gooch are two of the truly outstanding sporting figures of the post-war period. They attained the very heights of sporting glory during the golden years of their playing days in the latter half of the twentieth century, Moore captaining England to World Cup victory at Wembley in 1966, and Gooch scoring century after century against the West Indies. Despite their international success, they proudly shared the same working-class East London/Essex background and always remained loyal to their roots. This book takes a unique look at the lives and characters of these two sporting heroes, comparing and contrasting the development of their careers within a rapidly changing social context, as well as their individual approaches to their retirement years. It traces the history of football and cricket in East London and Essex, a hotbed of local sport that has produced many world-class sports stars, from 1960 to 2000. It is also the story of thousands of local football and cricket enthusiasts in the area who have helped to make the sporting culture of East London/Essex so rich and distinctive. Anecdotes and interesting stories from individuals and clubs abound, including the great Graham Gooch, who agreed to be interviewed for the book and provides fascinating insights into modern sport. With a perceptive foreword by football legend Tony Cottee, this book captures the heart of cricket and football as well as the heart of East End and Essex culture and is a must all sports lovers.
Description : The game we play today is scarcely like that of my boyhood ' mused Dr W.G. Grace a century ago. 'There have been silent revolutions transforming cricket in many directions, improving it in some ways and in others robbing it of some elements of its charm.' In this panoramic collection of his writings, Australia's leading cricket writer ranges over 250 years of cricket history, picking out those events, characters and even objects that have mattered - sometimes far more than we know. From giants of the game such as Bradman, Larwood and Miller to subjects including our fascination with wasted talent and the evolution of the protector, Silent Revolutions reveals the game within the game known only to the subtlest observers.