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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Melbourne University Press (14 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0522854753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0522854756
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.4 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 484,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gideon Haigh is the author of Game For Anything: Writings on cricket, The Big Ship: Warwick Armstrong and the Making of Modern Cricket, Mystery Spinner: The story of Jack Iverson, and The Border Years, and has edited Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack Australia. He covered the 2005 Ashes series for the Guardian newspaper in the UK. His other books include the award-winning Asbestos House, and Bad Company.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. G. SPORTON on 22 Jan. 2011
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I first got to know Haigh's writing from columns in the Guardian, and whilst this is an early work, it is a pleasure to read such a well informed and devoted writer about cricket, who does not treat it with sacred reverence, at book length. The lack of genuflection he has in common with Kerry Packer, the apparent villian of the piece, whose audacious redefining of cricket in the '70s determined the destiny of the game around the world. As Haigh notes, Packer filled his boots at the same time, having worked out the differential between the cost of cricket and its potential in commercial terms with considerable nous.

The writing has echoes of the standards of the genre: stats pepper the stories of the matches, but the really interesting part of the narrative is showing the kind of civil war it was. Certainly the main players (and I don't just mean the cricketers) knew each other well, especially by the end when the ACB finally surrendered to the corporates of PBL. The fraternity of cricket clearly transgressed the boundaries the cricket authorities were heavy-handed in attempting to reinforce, and this in itself tells its own tale of inflexible committeemen failing to understand the shape of the game in their stewardship. Personally, being of similar age to Haigh, I relished the recollection of some of the fantastic moments of World Series Cricket, that I was addicted to as a teenager growing up in Australia. As he shows, the world's best cricket was being played in some unusual venues in front of only handfuls of fans (of whom I was often one), but it was the future of cricket, and we all thought so at the time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wl Buckland on 2 May 2008
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This is a magnificent piece of work, essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand Australian cricket and why the Aussies have been so successful in the last 20 years. Highly recommended. William Buckland, author of 'Pommies'.
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