Standing My Ground

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Penguin Random House Australia, Oct 12, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 416 pages
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Matthew Hayden was one of the most commanding batsmen the game has ever seen - and one of its great enigmas.

A religious man and a ruthless on-field sledger. A brutal enforcer, and a soft-hearted family man. Australian record-holder for highest score in Tests and One Day Internationals, who was at times troubled by self-doubt and doubters.

In Standing My Ground Hayden confronts these contradictions head-on. He talks frankly about the forces that shaped his journey from fringe international to a giant of the game, and takes us on a privileged tour inside the sporting machine that dominated all comers in a golden age of Australian cricket.

This isn't a predictable ball-by-ball account of a stellar career. Instead, Hayden delivers a characteristically direct assessment of the matches and the people that mattered most. He opens up on umpires, the media, superstitions, teammates and opponents with disarming honesty and humour.

The country boy from Kingaroy rose to greatness in the cricket world. Here is the superstar batsman, the surfer, fisherman and chef in a book as bold and powerful as the man himself.

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About the author (2010)

Champion cricketer Matthew Hayden AM, now playing with the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, is a powerful and aggressive left-handed opening batsman, known for his ability to score quickly at both Test and one-day levels. He currently holds the record for the highest scores made by an Australian batsman in both the Test (380) and One Day International (181 not out) arenas. He formed one of the most prolific opening partnerships in world Test cricket for Australia with Justin Langer, and in ODI cricket with Adam Gilchrist. Hayden is also a TV personality, family man, cookbook author, and an ambassador for Queensland, Aboriginal cricket and charitable organisations.

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