Telling their own stories
Playing and retired Australian cricketers are publishing their autobiographies almost as fast as the current wickets are falling: Shane Warne, Steve and Mark Waugh are all in print – while Max (Tangles) Walker prefers the humour of How To Hypnotize Chooks and others. Brett Lee, David Boon and Alan Border have all made their contributions to the printed history of how Australian cricket has enjoyed a glorious period for the past twenty years. In my view, no one has more right than the great Adam Gilchrist.
Sir Garfield (Garry Sobers) tells in his autobiography how Dennis Lillee got him out, in the first innings, for a duck in Perth (b Lillee, c I Chappell) and again, in the first innings, in Melbourne (b Lillee c Stackpole). His revenge came in Melbourne when Sobers bowled Lillee a bouncer that caught him off guard and the next ball the Aussie dropped the easiest of catches into the hand of the captain, Tony Grieg. To rub salt into Lillee’s wounded pride, in the second innings Sobers cut Lillee to ribbons in that New Year test of 1972. He scored 254 and Sir Donald Bradman said it was the best innings of cricket he had ever seen on Australian soil. Finally, Sobers was b Chappell, c Walters to end his innings. You can win your own copy of this book, in our competition.