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First Tests: Great Australian Cricketers and the Backyards That Made Them, Cannane, Steve

Author Name    Cannane, Steve

Title   First Tests: Great Australian Cricketers and the Backyards That Made Them

Binding   Pictorial Soft Cover

Book Condition   Good

Edition   1st Edition

Size   12mo

Publisher   Australia ABC Books 2009

ISBN Number    0733321143 / 9780733321146

Seller ID   053835

231 pages including b/w illustrations. Australia has dominated test cricket over the past 130 years. But it's not the formal cricket academies or high-end coaching that are responsible for the Australian cricket team's winning ways. The backyard has been the real academy of Australian cricket. Don Bradman's unique grip, stance and backlift all evolved in response to the pace at which the golf ball rebounded off the tank stand in his backyard games. Greg Chappell's trademark flick off the hip shot was invented on his backyard wicket where the best scoring opportunities lay on the leg side. Alan Davidson bowled accurately because he had to. If he missed the stumps on his home-made pitch, he had to chase the ball down the hill into the scrub. Doug Walters played spin with ease because his ant-bed backyard pitch spun like a top. Neil Harvey's immaculate footwork came from playing balls that darted viciously off the cobblestones in his back lane. This collection of cricketers and the stories of the backyards that made them gets to the heart and soul of their game. Facing up to hostile brothers on dodgy pitches created a love of competition and developed the skills and the toughness that took them to the top in test cricket.

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