Dear Merv

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Allen & Unwin, 2001 - Cricket players - 368 pages
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Merv Hughes: test cricketer, scourge of batsmen, umpires, administrators and dieticians, hero of the Outer, man of letters ... man of letters? Yes, Merv Hughes has kept every piece of correspondence sent to him during his adult life. From his first invitation to play representative sport to his last on-tour fan letter, this book is a collection of words from Prime Ministers and Cricket Boards, irate coaches and relentless autograph-hounds, grandmothers and gay men. His family and friends, too, are prolific writers and it's through them we learn about the home he left behind in suburban Werribee, described in vivid, and sometimes profane, detail.
 

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Contents

Opening Stand
3
Growing Up
15
Life in Werribee Part I
35
Chapters A Mothers Letters to Home
111
Life in Essex
123
Mums Advice Pays Off
149
My First Test
173
Another Test Match
199
The Struggle Continues
245
The Ashes Tour 1989
254
London Sydney Hyderabad Sharjah and Los Angeles
283
Life in Werribee epilogue
309
Everybodys Mate
321
Merv Hughes Personals
349
The End
355
Acknowledgements
367

The Hat Trick
221

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Page 308 - I don't know how long it takes for a letter to get to the West Indies.
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About the author (2001)

Merv Hughes is one of the true characters of Australian sport. He is also one of the greatest bowlers to have played our national game, taking 212 wickets and making 1032 runs during the 53 Test matches he played for Australia. Today he travels the country speaking at functions as diverse as corporate lunches in exclusive business clubs to barbecues for local sports teams. He also provides safety hints and inspiration to companies around the nation on behalf of two of his sponsors, Workcover Victoria and Tubemakers. A regular on the Seven Network's

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