Captains : The Story Behind Australia's Second Most Important Job

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2012-01-01
  • Publisher: Hardie Grant Books
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The Australian cricket team has been a glittering thread running through the course of our national history, personifying the dreams and disappointments of a changing nation. The most singular individual inside that team is the captain, a human being full of human ideals and frustrations and quarrels and personal triumphs, and also the steward of an office, which has become, symbolically, the second most important in the land. From Australia's first Test cricket captain Dave Gregory, through to the current captain Ricky Ponting, The Captains tells the colourful story of how Australian cricket has evolved since its earliest days, how the captain has influenced or stood apart from that evolution, and how the captaincy itself has changed over time.

Author Biography

Malcolm Knox (Author) : One of Australia’s most highly acclaimed and versatile writers, Malcolm Knox has published eleven books, including The Greatest: The players, the moments, the matches 1993–2008, and four novels. A former literary editor and chief cricket correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald, Malcolm has won two Walkley awards – including one in 2004 for the exposé of fraudulent author Norma Khouri – and was runner-up for Journalist of the Year 2004.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
Dave Gregory's dreamp. 1
King Billyp. 18
The summer of facep. 38
The restless yearsp. 47
Murdoch reduxp. 61
Black Jackp. 67
Towards the Golden Agep. 77
The coming menp. 83
The Golden Agep. 101
The dying of the lightp. 119
The end of player powerp. 128
Out of the Ashesp. 156
The fallp. 169
A batting paradisep. 179
The Woodfull erap. 187
The buried ideap. 204
Bradmanp. 211
The second comingp. 221
The Invinciblesp. 236
A room with the light switched offp. 241
The hour before dawnp. 256
The new breedp. 266
The rise of the hard menp. 279
The first age of Simpsonp. 294
Storm and stressp. 307
The assassination of Lawryp. 319
Leading in the seventiesp. 324
Towards the brinkp. 337
The splitp. 346
A bad marriagep. 355
The hot potatop. 362
South towards Borderp. 375
Captaincy as partnershipp. 380
Conclusions: the current erap. 403
Statisticsp. 419
Bibliographyp. 428
Indexp. 430
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