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Driving Ambition - My Autobiography [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Strauss
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Andrew Strauss, one of the most successful and respected England cricket captains of the modern era, announced his retirement from professional cricket at the end of 2012. In DRIVING AMBITION he gives a candid account of the highs and lows of his remarkable career for Middlesex and England.

An outstanding opening batsman and natural leader, Andrew Strauss captained his country in 50 of his 100 Tests. During his time in charge, England emerged from a turbulent and controversial period to become the world's top team.

Fully updated to cover the past year in Andrew's life; the transition from player to pundit and the fortunes of English cricket. This is an honest and entertaining story of a quiet, modest but fiercely ambitious man who became a magnificent man-manager, leading England to victory in the 2009 Ashes series and again in Australia the following year. Strauss is a fine raconteur and this revealing autobiography will appeal to all those who love cricket.

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England cricket captain Andrew Strauss gives a candid account of the highs and lows of his remarkable career.

About the Author

Andrew Strauss was born in 1977 and spent his early years in South Africa, Australia and England. He learned his game at Radley College and Durham University, and made his first-class debut for Middlesex in 1998 before becoming captain in 2002.

Strauss wrote his name into the record books when he became only the second England batsman to score a century at Lord's on his Test debut, in 2004. He played in the 2005 Ashes victory and was appointed England captain in 2009. Under his captaincy, England regained the Ashes in 2009 and held on to them in 2010-11, the first series win on Australian soil for 24 years. In 2011, he led his country to the No. 1 spot in the ICC Test world rankings for the first time. After captaining England in 50 of his 100 Tests, he retired from all forms of cricket in 2012. He was awarded the OBE in 2011. Andrew Strauss is married with two children.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 16021 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (10 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A smashing read. 4 Nov. 2014
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I've been reluctant to start on the rounds of the most recent crop of England cricketer's books but I'm glad that I started with Andrew Strauss' as it really sets a high benchmark.

Given the recent furore about other cricket autobiographies this one is an example of how it should be done. There's backstory of how he made his way through the cricketing ranks, detailed descriptions of innings, matches, tactics, behind the scenes anecdotes and, most importantly, a sense that this is a man happy with his contribution to the sport he so clearly loves.

I enjoyed the career figures included at the rear of the book as it's so easy to forget just how steady yet talented a batsman Strauss was for England.

Whatever ghost writing has been done or assistance he's had isn't glaring which makes it an easy read. Definitely recommended to anyone with interest into his career, thought process as a leader and as a clever and accomplished cricket captain.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too wet 8 Dec. 2013
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For such a great leader and Captain, this read far too bland with very little insight. Unsurprising given how close Strauss is to much of the current side, but if you're looking for this to lift the lid off our national side then you'll be disappointed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars HE PAID HIS DUES, THE GOOD BLOKE BLUES 14 April 2015
Andrew Strauss appears on the cover here sans cricket gear, looking shy and contemplative. He is gone from the game, learning the ropes as a commentator and, oh God, setting up his business consultancy "focusing on leadership and perforrmance," working title "THINK HALF FULL." Motivation is doubtless the key. Captaincy has taught some important life lessons. After all, "as captain you are thrust into the limelight as never before." Late's face it, Strauss was never going to do a Chris Lewis and start bringing in narcotics from the Caribbean. Strauss is strictly prefect material.He got three As and a B at A Level at Radley before decamping to Durham. Go to Tuffers if you want bedroom high jinks. Go to KP if yoiu want diatribes and character assassination. Strauss is studiously diplomatic about Pietersen here. "I was completely shocked by his lack of contrition and his apparent hostility towards me", says Andrew of the bitter events of 2012 when his own captaincy came to an end as England succumbed to South Africa and KP became ever more complicated, aggrieved by the infamous spoof twitter account and reduced to calling Strauss "a doos". KP maintains that DOOS means 'idiot'. Strauss suggests otherwise, although did he not call KP something very vulgar a while back? So what else do we get from Straussy, skipper for three years plus in the tricky post-Duncan Fletcher era, architect of victories against Australia at home and away? We get a near-lyrical account of an early childhood in South Africa where his childhood revolved around township riots and police harassment (sorry - "school, outdoor activities and holidays within the country"). Parents were strict, but fair, and had a bob or two. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful and incisive yet a little understated 31 Dec. 2013
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No doubt one of the best captains and openers in modern times, Andrew Strauss helped to steer England to success in the 2005, 2009 and 2010-11 Ashes, becoming only the third England captain to win home and away Ashes series. His autobiography mirrors his captaincy - thoughtful and incisive yet a little understated. Strauss is happy to put the spotlight on his own career and his rise to the England ranks despite his early cricketing career being anything but remarkable. He also takes us through the stresses of being and England player and the losses of form he suffered a couple of times in his career. However, this book lacks any great revelations or behind-the-scenes gossip that wasn't already known. The controversies that Strauss had to deal with as captain are glossed over - in particular, he didn't have a great relationship with Kevin Pietersen, but Strauss avoids the temptation to put the boot in on his former teammate. That's an admirable reflection on Strauss as a person, but it leaves the reader with the impression that the full story hasn't been told yet.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not an insight to the England dressing room 24 Oct. 2013
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Most interesting parts are the building of the England team under his captaincy and the insight into him quitting and the KP affair. Unfortunately Strauss doesn't give away dressing room secrets which makes for a bland book. Having said that I like Strauss and respect why he hasn't.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Colin Frizzle's review of Driving Ambition 24 Oct. 2013
''Ding dong' I said as I unbuttoned my trousers at the sight of my beautiful wife sitting opposite me in the hotel... following ashes victory. A small urn popped into sight...'

Well the book isn't quite like this (how I'd secretly hoped). Instead is a remarkable insight into the mind of someone who clearly endeavours to uphold great sporting virtues as a mechanism to fuel success; not risqué but hugely admirable. For this the reader loves Strauss and the book. He clearly is a natural leader of men. You learn the extent to which he tries to bring people together for a greater good. This challenge and indeed his personal challenges with his own form can be quite exhausting at times and you really get a sense of the pressure and conflicts that Strauss had to deal with. Fascinating reading.

Other and final point: I imagine that I'm not the only person who was hoping for a bit of juicy gossip to score evens, such as working with people like KP and the texting affair that one supposed would be connected to his retirement. Well there's enough there to fuel the appetite, but the example of the big call to Tuffers for sleeping in who then tells him to 'bog off old chap' (owtte) gives you an understanding that he aint no Alex Ferguson (also just written his autobiography). This is not a criticism I guess, as it proves the resoluteness of Strauss to not insult anyone, but focus on getting the best out of them. Clearly the attributes of a leader and a great man.

That said, my only frustration with the book is Strauss' description of his relationship with the media; his friends at the fourth estate, the vultures in the press etc.
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