An autobiography very much in the style of the man - solid, diligent, unflashy and very Australian. Taylor comes across as a decent and dignified man who cares very deeply about his family, his cricket, his team-mates and his country. There is very little here that is sensational - the most animated that Taylor becomes is on the subject of being sacked as Captain of Australia's ODI side while remaining test captain. He is interesting on the subject of match-fixing allegations and the status of the Australian cricket captain in the national consciousness. There are also nice insights from his parents. The endless references to 'Poms' and the obvious delight in beating them becomes quite grating, but that might just be bias on my part (and it does serve as a reminder that England had some seriously average cricket teams in the 90s).
This is a fairly conventional autobiography of a test cricketer and Australian captain. Taylor comes over as a pleasant intelligent man. The three episodes which feature most strongly are his struggles with the bat rescued by an Ashes hundred in England, his 334 not out equalling Bradman's Australian record and his retirement at the end of his career.
I don't think there are any great insights into events behind the scenes.
Overall quite a good read.
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