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Ashes 2011: England's Record-Breaking Series Victory [Kindle Edition]

Gideon Haigh
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Most people gave England a modest chance of success. Some, like Glenn McGrath, insisted that history would repeat itself and Australia would administer another 5-0 whitewash. What no-one anticipated was that the 2010-11 Ashes Tests would see one of the most complete performances ever by an England touring side, the first Ashes victory on Australian soil for 24 years, with, uniquely, three innings victories.

It was a series, indeed a tour, full of remarkable records, from the bats of Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott, and the ball of James Anderson and Graham Swann. Every member of the side made crucial contributions -- even those like Chris Tremlett and Tim Bresnan who had not originally been first choices for the Tests.

Now, Gideon Haigh, 'one of the best living writers on cricket' (Daily Telegraph), tells the full story of this amazing sporting achievement. Beginning with the build-up to the series - Australia going into it on the back of an uncharacteristic losing run, England after a year of quietly solid consolidation -- he covers each Test, day by day, in pithy match reports and elegant analyses.

Ashes 2011 is the perfect way to re-live a memorable sporting triumph.


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‘Cricket-lovers who know Gideon Haigh’s work will need no convincing: those who don’t will find this an ideal place to start. What makes Haigh so good? One reason is that he not only tells us what happened, he explains what it meant, where it fits into cricket history, of which he has a consummate grasp. Above all, he is a supreme stylist, with the ability to make one laugh out loud.’

(Simon Redfern Independent on Sunday)

‘Covers each Test, day by day, offering insightful thoughts in Haigh’s elegant prose. Excellent reading.’

(Sport)

‘A wonderful way of reliving a magical moment in English cricket’

(Good Book Guide)

‘The most comprehensive and thoughtful review of the Ashes possible’

(Wisden Cricketer)

‘(Haigh) is the most elegant of writers whose prose is a delight to read whatever the content. 10/10 – this is the best tour book we’ve read.’

(www.cricketweb.net)

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'Cricket-lovers who know Gideon Haigh's work will need no convincing: those who don't will find this an ideal place to start. What makes Haigh so good? One reason is that he not only tells us what happened, he explains what it meant, where it fits into cricket history, of which he has a consummate grasp. Above all, he is a supreme stylist, with the ability to make one laugh out loud.' -- Simon Redfern Independent on Sunday 20110213 'Covers each Test, day by day, offering insightful thoughts in Haigh's elegant prose. Excellent reading.' Sport 20110128 'A wonderful way of reliving a magical moment in English cricket' Good Book Guide 201103 'The most comprehensive and thoughtful review of the Ashes possible' Wisden Cricketer 201104 '(Haigh) is the most elegant of writers whose prose is a delight to read whatever the content. 10/10 - this is the best tour book we've read.' www.cricketweb.net 20110314

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2040 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press (23 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845136888
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845136888
  • ASIN: B0077FATYS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #181,932 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ashes 2011 by Gideon Haigh 29 Mar. 2011
Format:Hardcover
Gideon Haigh is the star writer of the current cricketing age, and can be mentioned alongside the ranks of John Arlott and Neville Cardus of earlier eras. Observant, precise, and objective, his writing is fluent, and this book is so much more than just a record of his reports on each of the 2010-2011 Ashws Test Matches. I suspect that Gideon Haigh has the trust of the players and most people who count in the cricket world, as he appears to be well informed about the build-ups and after match situations, however he is also quick to dispel and dismiss some of the conjecture and smokescreen information that floats around in this modern age.This is a really good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Articulate and Insightful 19 Feb. 2011
Format:Hardcover
Contrary to a 2 star review posted here I find the writing style of this account both intelligent and literate. It bears no relation, as was suggested, to trite tabloid journalism. As I read the book I wanted to watch a recording to check technical details that he has included about players and so will buy the DVD highlights when they become available, shortly. The book is a collection of Haigh's written reports for the Times newspaper and contains two separate reports for each day's play plus other writing on the build up to the series and to individual games. Probably can only be bettered by an account from inside the dressing rooms.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ashes 2011 by Gideon Haigh 26 May 2011
By Swerve
Format:Hardcover
An insightful account of the recent ashes series with two reports for each day. This book is far from the typical tabloid journalism of many books written about ashes series. A must buy for any cricket afficianado
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incisive analysis 10 Jun. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've always enjoyed reading Haigh in the Guardian and Cricinfo and I wasn't disappointed by this. Brought back great memories of the series and I hope to read his accounts of the next series soon!(assuming similar outcomes of course)
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive account 17 Feb. 2011
By simonh
Format:Hardcover
Haigh is a great writer on cricket, and this is a collection of his writings for two journals throughout the series (note to J. Baldwin: both journals are indeed tabloids).

Very accessible writing style - hugely informative without being patronising. Personally I don't agree with Mr Baldwin's comments and would always rather read Haigh than any of the English based writers.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dull 27 April 2013
By Simon
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book did nothing for me and I'm a passionate cricket lover. Sorry, not a book I'd recommend to anyone.
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