Unfortunately this eBook is only available from within Australia.
Australia versus England has always had the quality of an epic, a battle between two arch rivals as intense as a world championship. The only Test cricket series still consistently decided over five matches, its intensity is more than doubled when two series are played consecutively, as were those of 2013–14. Predicted to be a dully uneven contest beforehand, the series proved anything but, and Gideon Haigh was there to watch every ball, ten Tests in six months. Here he gives a daily report and analysis of the play, accompanied by essays on the context, the controversies and the issues surrounding the series: the sacking of Australia's coach, the dropping of Warner, the vagaries of Watson and Hot Spot, the brilliance of Bell, the return of Mitchell Johnson . . .
The UK Sunday Telegraph calls Gideon Haigh 'the Bradman of cricket writing', and he doesn't disappoint with this non-partisan account. Even if you saw every day's play yourself, this insightful, witty, knowledgeable account will reveal multiple new layers, taking you straight to the best seat on the ground.
'Consecutive Ashes series were bound to produce an epic. Such scheduling seemed conceived for Gideon Haigh, given ten Tests, plenty of vitriol and one almighty reversal of fortune to weave into his latest cricketing master work…Like watching Test cricket, reading Haigh is about enjoying the accumulation of detail along the way.' Inside Sport
'Sportswriter Gideon Haigh saw every ball of both series and he takes us on a wonderful journey.' South Coast Register
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 26th February 2014