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Australia You Little* Beauty : Inside Test Cricket's Dream Team :  Inside Test cricket's dream team - Justin Langer

Australia You Little* Beauty : Inside Test Cricket's Dream Team

Inside Test cricket's dream team

Paperback Published: 1st August 2010
ISBN: 9781742373515
Number Of Pages: 352

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Justin Langer, one of Australia's highest ever run scorers, looks back at his life in cricket - on the mateship, change room antics and onfield triumphs which made up his 105-Test innings as a member of one of the game's greatest teams.

Justin Langer scored more centuries than Ian Chappell, Doug Walters or Bill Lawry and had a better average than Mark Taylor, David Boon or Mark Waugh yet lived almost every moment of his glittering Test career as if it was his last.

In this intimate and at times poignant account, Langer looks back on the mateship, change room antics and onfield triumphs which made up his 105-Test innings as a member of one of the game's greatest teams. Peer behind the scenes to relive the night they soaked the English change rooms at Lords in beer, the midnight frolic around the SCG in their underpants and baggy green caps and the Caribbean dinner which cost the ACB $16,000.

What was it like to face the barrage of the West Indies and Pakistan attacks at their peak, who was the best bowler he ever faced and why did an Adelaide pool table help Shane Warne hone his flipper. It's a journey from the world's great cricket grounds to the poorest areas of the sub-continent, Africa and the West Indies, and the luxuries of a feted sporting champion to the day Matthew Hayden arrived in India with a gas stove in his cricket bag.

Learn how meditation and martial arts helped him battle his chronic fear of failure and read first-hand snippets from childhood sweetheart Sue Langer who shines a unique light on life as a cricketer's wife.

About The Author

Justin Langer played 105 Test matches for Australia between 1993 and 2007, scoring 7696 runs and 23 centuries. He was a key player in great Australian teams captained by Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting, and with Matthew Hayden formed arguably the most successful opening partnership in Australian Test history. In 2001, he was named one of Wisden's Cricketers of the Year. Justin is also the author of From Outback to Outfield, The Power of Passion and Seeing the Sunrise, and is patron of several charities, including the Children's Leukaemia and Cancer Research in Western Australia.

Introductionp. xi
Songmasterp. 1
Suep. 8
First Stepsp. 13
'Kill Him, Bishy!'p. 18
Swervin' and Crashin'p. 32
Back to the Drawing Boardp. 44
Rod Marsh, 1st Songmaster, 1975-84p. 53
House, Wife, Tattoop. 54
Rosesp. 70
The Twelfth Manp. 79
Six-Second Stevep. 86
Bat Tragicp. 96
Allan Border, 2nd Songmaster, 1984-85p. 103
Trenchtownp. 104
Bulawayo Expressp. 116
You Never Knowp. 125
Straps, Caps and Slapsp. 136
Best in the Worldp. 146
David Boon, 3rd Songmaster, 1985-96p. 160
The Shekelsp. 161
Nature Boyp. 172
Highway to Hellp. 185
As Good As It Getsp. 193
Spits and Fitsp. 204
Ian Healy, 4th Songmaster, 1996-99p. 213
An Indian Summerp. 214
The Platinum Clubp. 224
Old Dog, New Tricksp. 231
Premature Salutationp. 241
Punch-Drunkp. 249
Ricky Ponting, 5th Songmaster, 1999-2004p. 260
Matesp. 261
Lucky Bastardp. 278
Ton Upp. 286
Peter Perfect and the Spidersp. 299
Redemptionp. 312
Mike Hussey, 7th Songmaster, 2007-p. 323
A Perfect Farewellp. 324
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ISBN: 9781742373515
ISBN-10: 1742373518
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st August 2010
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1