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This review is from: Golden Boy: Kim Hughes and the Bad Old Days of Australian Cricket (Paperback)
This is one of the best available books on the world cricket scene.
The subject matter is Kim Hughes, one of the truly excellent natural players that Australia has produced.
It focuses on how the performance of a national sports team can be affected by certain archaic belief systems... and cruelled by Australia's tall poppy syndrome (fuelled by jealousy and personal prejudices).
It's well researched, with all of the major figures approached, and most of them interviewed. The emergence of World Series Cricket is dealt with expertly.
The author exhibits a remarkable turn of phrase and writing is always lively. Even the accounts of Hughes' matches as a youngster drive you to the edge of your seat!
I bought this book in Australia and have found it so satisfying that I wanted to tell the world! Well, the Amazon world, anyway...