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5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Read, 16 Aug 2011
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This review is from: Standing My Ground: The Autobiography of Matthew Hayden (Hardcover)
Well, perhaps 4 and a half stars, after all we are talking about Australia's infamous enforcer and opening batsman, the scourge of visiting England teams to Australia for most of a decade. This is a pretty honest, up front and highly readable account of the man behind the self projected image and i didnt want to put it down. It catalogues brilliantly Hayden's initial rise to national colours, his stumbles over subsequent years and his final, and stunning, achievement of greatness in cricketing terms in the second half of his career. Its a great story of keeping the faith and keeping things simple as well as being true to character, in this case a fairly abrasive, straight talking one. There are a couple of areas where I wanted more - he does cover some of the conflicts and controversies between international teams and his own team mates but these are dealt with fairly superficially and with little in-depth insight, not least the infamous and highly inflamed India tour of 2008 which directly lead to the softening of the Australian policy of pushing the boundaries of 'mental disintegration'; this is a bit of a shame as it would have been interesting to hear from one of the men at the heart of this. Perhaps the clue is in the title - Standing My Ground (sic because thats what i do). He also does no more than refer to the pressures on a young family of playing international cricket, there is no great colour here, and for me the final chapters didn't quite hand together nor addressed the question of whether it was great players or a great cricketing culture which lead to 10 years of Australian cricketing dominance, now seemingly so firmly in the past. But this is to quibble, this is certainly one of the best Sport auto-biographies i have read and even deals relatively even-handedly with the olde enemy which was a nice surprise too. This is a defining book for anyone interested in the make-up of the great Australian teams of the 2000s as well as a life story in getting the best out of yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Partner very happy, 17 Oct 2011
This review is from: Standing My Ground: The Autobiography of Matthew Hayden (Hardcover)
My partner wanted this as part of his birthday present, it was in good condition and he was very pleased. He seems to be enjoying the book as he reads a lot of autobiographies and is in to his sport. Definately a good buy!
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