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4.0 out of 5 stars Best book on Warne
I have read most biographies and the autobiography of Shane Warne. This is easily the best book. Haigh does a superb job of classifying Warne's career into Warne 1.0 to Warne 4.0 and how he adapted himself during each phase. I also enjoyed the analysis of Warne's relationships with McGrath, S Waugh, MacGill and Buchanan. These throw a completely different light on the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars ok
An ok thesis of Shane Warne's life to date ,I was hoping there would be more about his relationships with other cricketers especially his Australian test team teammates .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best book on Warne, 11 Dec 2012
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I have read most biographies and the autobiography of Shane Warne. This is easily the best book. Haigh does a superb job of classifying Warne's career into Warne 1.0 to Warne 4.0 and how he adapted himself during each phase. I also enjoyed the analysis of Warne's relationships with McGrath, S Waugh, MacGill and Buchanan. These throw a completely different light on the dynamics within the great Australian side. It was not all "hunky dory" when it came to relationships between Warne and S Waugh, Gilchrist and even Ponting, in the later years. Haigh is insightful in many places. For example, he observes that bowling partnerships, are a zero sum game, which creates its own conflicts as there are only 20 wickets to take whereas there is no such limit for a batting partnership.

There are three areas of the book where I feel Haigh has either not been objective or explored concepts fully:

1. Warne's record against India. Haigh mentions that Warne was injured on the 1998 tour and was just recovering from injury on the 2001 tour. He also mentions that Warne should have bowled a more restrictive line within the stumps when bowling in India. This does not go far enough for me for Warne's record against India is the one blot on a great career. He does not, for example, mention that Warne 1.0 never played a test against India or how Warne could have bowled more effectively.

2. He has not been objective with the diuretic episode that got Warne banned from the 2003 World Cup. It is too simple to accept that Warne took a tablet, given by his mother, to look good ahead of a World Cup. There was no question of his doing so to enhance his performance as he was not playing cricket during that time. It was certainly worth Haigh exploring whether he would have taken steroids, and a diuretic subsequently to mask the intake, to heal his shoulder injury, faster, to play in his last World Cup.

3. I accept that it is for Warne's wife, and not the media, or the fans to judge Warne for his dalliances with women. Even allowing for this, Haigh goes way too far to try to explain the potential reasons (e.g. how easy it is for male sports celebrities to flirt with women) on why Warne gets into these relationships. He eventually stops saying that offering further reasons is speculating since he knows and his objective is to analyse Warne the cricketer and not the person. But he has already gone too far before stopping.

For these three reasons, I rate this book with four stars instead of five. If your vocabulary is only as good as mine, I would recommend reading this book on a Kindle as Haigh's style is very expansive with his choice of words (even the Kindle's dictionary gives up on some words). The Kindle helps you look up meanings of words immediately rather than having a dictionary open on the side with a hardback or a paperback.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best on the best, 8 Dec 2012
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Mr. L. Smith "Beazle" (UK) - See all my reviews
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One would expect the best cricket writer of his generation to do the subject justice and of course it is far superior to the dozens of trashy ".. Fly by night " Warne biographies. Haigh uses 5 chapter headings to describe each part of what makes Warne - Warne. The book is therefore very largely free of statistics and chronology.
The book is not therefore meant to be an exhaustive resume - ala Rosenwater on Bradman, Foot on Gimblett or Haigh on Iveson. It is not therefore, Haigh trying his hardest.......still superior yes, but it dies not deserve 5 stars and I doubt Gideon would disagree.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 2 July 2014
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MR K M BURNEY (Cheltenham, England) - See all my reviews
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A typically incisive book from Haigh - good value.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extended essay on a cricket legend, 30 Jun 2014
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This is not so much a biography of Shane Warne, but an extended essay, written by one of the best cricket writers out there. Gideon Haigh tries to go deep in his analysis of Shane Warne the cricketer and Shane Warne the person, covering Warne’s rise to greatness in the Australian cricket team, his relationship with teammates, opponents and managers, the problems in his private life and his post-international career. Really well-written and easy to read, but it allows the reader to access Warne’s inspirational yet troubled story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It couldn't fail!, 10 May 2014
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One of the greatest cricket writers on one of the greatest cricketers it couldn't fail. It is a study of Warne the cricketer and Warne the man and a brilliant one. However it is not a biography.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 5 Feb 2014
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Australia's best cricket writer on Australia's best cricketer (Bradman excepted?) - brilliant. This is a fascinating probing of Warne the cricketer, the celebrity, and the man. Haigh explores his relationships with key cricketing figures, including Steve Waugh, Glenn McGrath, Stuart MacGill and John Buchanan in a fascinating way that reveals much about Warne's confidence, attitude to the game and above all his love of playing cricket. The public nature of his life, and its problems, is also tackled in a thoughtful way, asking the reader to ponder on the status that Warne has. A particularly interesting angle was that while many might have seen Warne as an ordinary person in some ways, the fact that he was, as Haigh puts it, the very best in the world at doing his job (bowling leg spin) there has ever been brings all sorts of pressures and expectations with it. This is really top rate writing.
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2.0 out of 5 stars good, 3 Nov 2013
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Gideon Haigh updates the Warne story and captures some of the insecurities which define the greatest leg spinner. My estimation of Warne has withered slightly as Haigh really does get underneath the ski. Of the leg spinner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars fascinating read, 12 Aug 2013
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Another great work from Haigh. So well thought-through and both critical and sympathetic in equal measure. Suggest you Buy it now
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3.0 out of 5 stars ok, 23 July 2013
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An ok thesis of Shane Warne's life to date ,I was hoping there would be more about his relationships with other cricketers especially his Australian test team teammates .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful read, 21 July 2013
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Really interesting perspective offered on Warne and his cricket life. Especially liked the analysis of Warne`s impact as a cricketing superstar
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