An in-depth look into the life of the person who lead, in my opinion, the greatest cricket team ever to have played the game. A man who always played his cards very close to his chest, and was able to play mind games better than Jose and Ferguson put together. Finally, we get the chance to see what was going on in the head of one of crickets greats.
Out of My Comfort Zone gives the reader a great interaction into the thinking of the man. The mind games not only with other players, to name but one, Curtley Ambrose in 1995 where we actually find out how he managed to get under the skin of one of the greatest fast bowlers, but also the mind games with himself, and the occasional bought of self doubt that crept into his game. As every cricketer knows, self doubt in a batsman leads to self destruction.
What is also very revealing is the problems that the whole Australian team had with the professional bodies of the game, from the ICC to the ACB, and all the problems of touring and team selection. The difficulty of touring the sub-continent is brought about in stark terms, especially the car bomb in Sri Lanka just before the Aussies arrived for the 95 World Cup. The decision of whether to go ahead with the game in Sri Lanka or not and the conflict this caused is bore out in great detail.
The quality of the book is excellent. To date I have not come across an autobiography which has so much detail in it and is so in-depth in recounting events and scores from the past. A fascinating book which is also excellent rounded off with a chapter from Steve's wife Lynette, who describes life as a cricket widow..... of which much of it my own wife can relate to!!!
An excellent book for any cricket fan.