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Ricky Ponting's Captains Diary 2008: A Season of Tests, Turmoil and Twenty20 Diary – 1 Nov 2008

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  • Diary: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd (1 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0732284910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0732284916
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.9 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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The Australian team has changed greatly in the past two years. Having lost a number of champions in 2007, a few more stars, most notably Adam Gilchrist, retired in 2008 and here Ponting pays tribute.

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Whilst the content may well be interesting the book has been "kindled" very badly with chunks of text all over the place. I had to give up after just a third as almost every page was faulty
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"He's done it again!", begins this 2008 volume of Ricky Ponting's diary. And from that first sentence, we are in to the drama and the excitement of what it really likes to be the captain of the Australian cricket team while they were dominating all three formats of this sport. What makes this series a compelling read is the contribution from Ponting's co-author, Geoff Armstrong. Although the book has the tone of a diary, Armstrong has given its content the feel and vigour of an engaging novel.

The book, unlike its predecessors, covers a period that Armstrong describes as "one of the most tumultuous 12 months ever experienced by the Australian cricket team." What is the cause of all these crises? The simple answer is Harbhajan Singh. If you want to read that chapter of the sporting relations between India and Australia, this is an important book. This issue had even prompted Ponting and Armstrong to include an element that is unusual for a sportsman's diary. Thirty pages in to this book, we get a chapter entitled "Cricket Australia's Perspective: We Must Consider the Big Picture", from James Sutherland, CEO of Cricket Australia. This is a neat and necessary strategy from Ponting to let his paymasters to have their say.

Once the Harbhajan Singh controversy is out of the way, we are back on the journey of this great Australian side. Within the diary form, Ponting includes mini-articles such as 'The Will To Win'. This gives us an insight into how the young players such as Michael Clarke quickly absorbed the Australian mindset of winning. Ponting says "we love being out there, in the heat of battle, playing the game we love. Training is a buzz, too. So is the realisation that we are constantly learning as we go...
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Formatting Sucks - Dont Buy 20 Jan. 2011
By Nithin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The content is quite interesting but what is with the Jumbling of the paragraphs in the Kindle Edition.
The text is just not coherent and the chapters keep getting mixed throughout the book. Plz reformat this.
I read a page about Michael Hussey and mid sentence the book shifts to Anil Kumble's career before shifting back to Michael Hussey's batting statistics. This is very bad formatting of what could have been a wonderful memoir..
If somebody's listening I want my money back..
Amazon should have some testing of the Books they put for customers to buy
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star 1 Nov. 2015
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Not a good set of formatting.
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