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This review is from: Playing for Keeps: The Autobiography of Alec Stewart (Paperback)
On the back foot for most of this work. What makes this book interesting is Alec's paranoia and sensitivity over critical voices in the media and elsewhere.
Don't matter what walk of life we are in you'll always have critics especially when you play for and captain an England side that regularly collasped and disappointed throughout the 1990's and into the new millenium.
Of course Alec was a very good all round cricketer and you can't really escape that fact here. Playing For Keeps does provide insight into the man by virtue of the defensive nature of his tone.
Interesting opinions on how he rated the other England players in the 90's and his colleagues at Surrey. He considered himself quite the wisecracker which surprised me also.
Didn't get any insight to the Indian Bookie malarky other than the bookie made the story up for no reason and the Zimbabwe world cup drama hardly warranted a mention certainly not a chapter given that Hussain was the captain.
Conclusion. If you are a Sport Biography anorak then you will probably enjoy this however, I put it down not liking him very much and I'll bet he is quite a nice bloke. Shame really
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