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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read, 21 May 2008
This review is from: Opening Up: My Autobiography (Paperback)
Opening Up- My Autobiography by Mike Atherton is a life story of a professional cricketer. Mike Atherton during his days was a fine cricketer, as he achieved modest success with the England team during the 90's. The England team though not absence from experiencing a few problems. The team struggled against strong oppositions and could not match Australia's class. The noticeable weaknesses included battling collapses, fielding laspes and inability to play spin bowling and quality pace bowling.

The autobiography is a clear reflection of a career filled with mixed success. Mike Atherton strikes me as a honest and knowledgeable individual person. He offers insights on a variety of matters that affected the cricketing career. The key areas touched upon include injuries, Cambridge days, first class career, international career and captaincy. The contents of the book are really interesting to read around. A full picture of a cricketing professional emerges.

Mike Atherton proves his literacy skills are outstanding. He is open minded about his views and opinions, which are clearly highlighted. A brief career summary is included in the autobiography, supported with statistics.

The facts that a professional sport-person is writing this book adds credibility and authenticity, as opposed to a biographer interest of studying a subject for a long time. In terms of sport autobiographies, I would rate this highly. My only criticism reserved about this autobiography is may be a little outdated as it written around five years ago. During that time, we have observed recent innovations in the game, with twenty over game, retirement of veterans and new players emerging in the scene. This clearly suggests that cricket is a sport affected by changes. The autobiography still remains a strong favourite with me. The Opening up by Mike Atherton is an interesting read of a cricketer from a particular generation.
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