Standing My Ground

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Penguin Group Australia, Oct 12, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 416 pages
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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Foreword by Andrew Freddie Flintoff
Playing for Peanuts Farm Life
Ashgrove Hats Off to Helmets
Matthew Who?
Culture Clash Early Years for Queensland
Inside the Game Umpires
Waugh Games
Alfie and
No Business Like Shoaib Business
a Pinnacle in Perth
Inside the Game Bats
Zimbabwe from Breadbasket to Basket Case
India 2004 Cockroach? What Cockroach?

Tanks for the Memories
Greenhorns at Greenmount English League Cricket
Inside the Game Superstitions
Baggy Green
Bob Simpson
Matt the
First Test Fire in the Bullring
Mozzie Bites Secrets of a Bulls Stampede
A Spy Called Deano
A is for Acrimony
Inside the Game Getting
Lamb to the Slaughter
A Ton of Anguish
Life on the Edge
County Capers
Tough Love
Indian Uprising 2001
Slats the Best Day the Worst
Sri Lanka Tsunami
The Recession We Had to Have Ashes 2005
Dinner with Mr Packer
BootCamp Buck vs the King
Inside the Game Team Meetings
Farewell to the Legends
Man on a Mission World Cup 2007
Inside the Game Media
Goodbye Green and Gold
The Board Walk ACA to
A Changing Game
World XI Champions of the Game
IPL the New World
Surfing the Wave
Life with Matt by Kellie Hayden

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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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