Australia 63

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Faber & Faber, Jun 19, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 248 pages
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Alan Ross (1922-2001) - distinguished poet, travel writer, and editor of London Magazine - also managed to excel in the role of cricket correspondent for the Observer, in which capacity he followed England/MCC on tours of Australia, South Africa and the West Indies. In the book-length accounts he published of these tours, his lifelong love of the game found glorious expression.

Australia 63 offers Ross's account of an Ashes series that pitted the England XI led by Ted Dexter against Richie Benaud's host side. On paper England had talent to spare, including the recall to the team of ordained minister David Sheppard, and the renowned bowling attack of Fred Trueman and Brian Statham. But Benaud's Australian side had strength in depth too. Both captains were expressly committed to playing entertaining cricket. The reality, however, did not quite live up to the billing.

 

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Contents

Title Page
THE FIRST TEST
FROM A JOURNAL I
THE SECOND TEST
ix
FROM A JOURNAL II
xxxi
FROM A JOURNAL _ III
liii
FROM A JOURNAL _ IV
lxxix
POSTSCRIPT
cii
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About the author (2012)

Alan Ross (1922-2001) was a poet, writer, journalist, editor and publisher. In fact, he was a man of letters par excellence. Born in India, educated in England, he joined the Royal Navy in the Second World War and endured the Arctic convoys to Russia.

Alan Ross took over The London Magazine (the definite article was later dropped) from John Lehmann and revitalized it. There, it has been said, 'he simplified as well as unified contemporary culture by the clarity of his unique editorial taste. He also discovered many new talents.'
His writing embraced poetry, cricket journalism, biography, autobiography, criticism and travel writing. Many of his titles are to be reissued in Faber Finds.

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