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Ashes to Ashes: The Story of the Back-to-back Series of 2013-14 [Hardcover]

Gideon Haigh
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27 Feb 2014
For the first time since the mid-1970s, England and Australia faced each other home and away in back-to-back series in the summer and winter of 2013. Under prolific captain Alastair Cook, England went into the Ashes on the back of three unbeaten series, including a first win in India for more than 25 years. By contrast, Michael Clarke's Australia arrived in England with an inexperienced side, changing their coach just weeks before the Ashes started. No wonder England started as strong favourites. And so it proved, as England won the home series by a 3-0 margin - their biggest Ashes win since the 1970s. But there were signs of an Australian revival in their defeat, and when England arrived Down Under, they found an entire nation ready to make things different, as the underdogs fought back. Suddenly, Australia were the better side in every aspect of the game, and they won back the Ashes after three consecutive crushing victories. Watching on as events unfolded was award-winning cricket writer Gideon Haigh. With great insight and skill, he reveals the key moments of both series, analysing the personalities of the players and how they coped with the most pressurised and high-profile cricketing contest of them all: the Ashes. No other book on the subject comes close to this one in getting to the heart of the matter.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (27 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471131734
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471131738
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Haigh is a wonderful writer' --The Cricketer

About the Author

Gideon Haigh has been writing about sport, business, both and neither, for almost 30 years. His most recent cricket book, On Warne, won the MCC/Cricket Society and the British Sports Book Awards prizes as the cricket book of the year. He lives in Melbourne.

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No one, not even the greatest Australian optimist, could have foreseen that Australia would trounce England by five tests to none in Australia, especially after having lost three nil to England just months before in England, and hard on the heels of losing all four tests in India. Sir Ian Botham,(that well-known Queensland all-rounder), in typically bullish mode had forecast a clean sweep to England.

As we all know now Sir Ian was "sort" of correct, but the victors by that great margin was Australia. It was a great team effort but the mercurial Mitchell Johnson was the one player who stood head and shoulders above the rest. It was as if England had forgotten to do essential homework or forgotten that he had been bowling superbly in recent ODIs against their very selves and India.

To chart the progress of these ten Test Matches, who could possibly do greater justice to the trials, tribulations and triumphs of both sides than the great Gideon Haigh? The book is comprised of his trenchant articles for both "The Australian" and our own "The Times". To these on the spot reports he has added summaries based on hindsight.

With his succinct analysis, sharp observations , wit and a sense of place and history, Mr Haigh once again paints many vivid pictures of these two hard fought and memorable series of Test Matches. A sheer joy to read and savour.
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I love it, but I hate it. Gideon Haigh captures the opening of the cracks and exposes the weaknesses of the England side as it begins to crumble from domination to miserable, abject failure in the full glare of the Antipodean sun and in the face of the relentless revival of the Australian cricket team.

Not being an ex-professional cricketer adds value to Haigh's dispassionate and unflinching analysis. He has no axe to grind with any old changing room buddies, no allegiances to betray and so he gives praise and criticises freely with a wry, unforced humour.

Haigh can pack plenty of detail into very few words. No cliches, nor glib comments. Each sentence flows with the grace of a left-handed No 3 in his prime. Australians will love this account of their team's return to Ashes domination.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 8 July 2014
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A very good book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best contemporary Cricket writer 19 April 2014
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As somebody who struggled to watch the sheer awfulness of England's tour down under unfold, the only reason I bought this book was because it was written by Gideon Haigh who is, in my opinion, the best writer on Cricket around at the moment. This book did not disappoint. It is insightful, uses some terrific descriptive phrases and is witty. A great read for any Cricket lover.
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