Foreword by Geoff Lawson Introduction Acknowledgements THE BIRTH OF THE ASHES 1882-1911: Perfidious Albion W.G. Grace - “The Perpetual Schoolboy” When Ivo Goes Back with the Urn There Was an Old Man with a Beard The Golden Age - or Was It? Charles III and the Maharajah Sydney Barnes - Class Warrior The First Great Series. FROM BOSANQUET TO GREGORY - CRICKET'S ARMS RACE 1903-1929: The Googly - Cricket's Wrong'un Slings and Arrows Warwick Armstrong - New Grace or Disgrace? The Boardroom Brawl The Launch of “The Big Ship” Double-Quick An Officer and a Gamesman Pray God, No Professional Shall Captain England” The Intemperance Society Jealous Rivals. DON'S DELIGHT - THE BRADMAN ERA 1930-1948: Bradman's Summer of Summits Douglas Jardine - Made in Scotland from Girders “I've Got It, He's Yellow!” The Onslaught Begins Evasive Action The Battle of Adelaide First Blood The Cable War The Most Hated Man in Australia A Catholic Conspiracy? Captain Bradman and the Mutineers A Feud Renewed The Ikin Catch Miller and Lindwall - Aussies in Excelsis The Morality of Bouncers Bradman's Last Stand. IN SEARCH OF BRIGHTER CRICKET - 1950-1970: Lord Hawke's Prayer Rejected The Blocker and the Chucker The Typhoon Blows in Laker Superior Benaud's Bent-Arm Army And Then There Were None Total Team Spirit When Ted Met Fred The Dreariest Decade Defender of the Realm. REIGN OF FIRE - 1970-1987: Street Fighting Men Every Quick for Himself Bottles and Beercans The Spores of Wrath The Killing Fields The Ultimate Wang-er Different Strokes Different Folks The Revolution Will Be Televised Lambs to the Slaughter A Great Ashes Romance The Miracle of Headingley Notoriouser and Notoriouser Beefy's Last Bow. THE BAGGY GREEN MACHINE - 1989-PRESENT: Captain Australia Revenge of the Amateurs David Gower's Flying Circus The Ball of the Century A Word in Your Ear Captain Grumpy Waugh's Aussies - Invincible or Unspeakable? The Urn Returns Index of Players Picture Acknowledgements.