The Big Ship: Warwick Armstrong and the Making of Modern Cricket

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Text Pub., 2003 - Cricket - 440 pages
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Warwick Armstrong is the most significant Australian all-round cricketer of the twentieth century, routinely described as the country's W. G. Grace. He was a dour batsman, a slow bowler so successful at restricting runs that some critics wished to ban him, an uncompromising captain who unleashed on England the first truly life-threatening pace attack (some were inclined to excuse Bodyline as a response to Armstrong's tactics). He was no stranger to gamesmanship, sledging and, once in a while, outrageous cheating. He even foresaw match-fixing, and urged authorities to take remedial action. (Contrary to popular belief, betting on cricket was widespread even at the turn of the century.)

Haigh's trademark eye for character and detail makes this great cricketer and his context a fascinating subject for any reader who has an interest in sport. The Big Shipis the definitive account, by one of the world's great sport writers, of a cricketer and his era.

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Warwick Armstrong was a big unit. Maybe not during his Australian rules football career but by the time of the 1921 Ashes tour Armstrong's nickname "The Big Ship" was apt. As well as being a large man ... Read full review

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Gideon Haighhas been a journalist for more than thirty years, contributed to more than a hundred newspapers and magazines, written thirty books and edited seven others. His book On Warnewon the British Sports Book Awards Best Cricket Book of the Year Award, the Cricket Society and MCC Book of the Year Award, the Jack Pollard Trophy, and the Waverley Library Nib Award; it was also shortlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards Biography of the Year, the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, and the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. The Officewon the NSW Premier's Literary Awards Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction. Other recent titles include Uncertain Corridors- Writings on Modern Cricket, End of the Road?on Australia's automotive industry, and The Deserted Newsroom, about media in a digital age.

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