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Great Australian Cricket Stories

Neil Marks

ABC Books

Neil Marks’s lively mix of funny, inspiring and moving tales of sport has brought him much acclaim—from sources as diverse as an Australian Cricket Captain and an Australian Prime Minister, from best-selling authors and famous commentators to renowned sports writers and top-rating broadcasters.

In Great Australian Cricket Stories, some champion players—including Richie Benaud, Steve Waugh, Arthur Morris, Bill Brown and Ian Chappell—appear alongside a cast of amazing characters that features fans, journalists, administrators, groundsmen and scorers. Marks offers his own angle on the cricket media, focusing on the Channel Nine and ABC Radio commentators. He’s provocative, comparing the 1948 Invincibles to the superb Australian team of today in a way that might surprise you, while his yarns about umpries confirm that they are a strange and unique breed.

Marks also recounts previously untold tales about the most famous cricket name of all—Sir Donald Bradman. Did you know that when Bradman broke the world record for the highest score in first-class cricket, he’d already organised for the bat he was using to be put on public display? And have you heard the true story about a day trip to the Hawkesbury River, which reveals that while The Don might have been the greatest when it came to smashing bowlers all over the ground, he was certainly no Ian Thorpe when he hit the water?