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‘A LITTLE GEM’ – David Frith

David Frith has provided this review for my new book ‘On Ya Warnie’ <p> Shane Warne was the cricketer of his time, a showman, a spin bowling genius, a modest and essentially good man with all faults regularly and unashamedly displayed.  He became a folk hero, and not only in...

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My 65th and latest cricket book is a quirky ABC of Australian Cricket, being published in October by Echo/Bonnier Books. My Australia-wide cricket miscellany of fun, facts, oddities and anecdote includes a foreword by Scott Boland, who ended the Christmas Test early with a remarkable spell of six for 7.

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A teenage Shane Warne was making his debut with the Victorian second XI at Melbourne’s Albert Ground. Lunch was called and instead of walking off with his teammates, he agreed to my request to have his photograph taken close up by our Sunday Press photographer.

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Ken’s 24/7 obsession

Cricket is a 24/7 all-year obsession for author, commentator and Mount Eliza lower XIs allrounder Ken Piesse. The long-time president of the Australian Cricket Society, Ken revels in his daily diet of cricket, whether playing, watching or writing about it. He followed a first-ball duck in Saturday club ranks with...

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Len was the unluckiest of all

Of all of Australia’s 70 One Test wonders, Queenslander Len Johnson was by far the unluckiest. On the very day the 1948 Australian team was chosen, Len took six wickets for 26 runs – yet still missed selection. Len hailed from unfashionable Rockhampton but could hit and bowled a heavy...

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Tony Dell was hopeful of breaking into Queensland’s Sheffield Shield team for the start of the 1970-71 summer. He was just back from serving in Vietnam. Tall and imposing at 196cm (6ft 5in), he looked an immediate prospect. ‘How old are you son?’ said Sam Trimble, Queensland’s long time captain....

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