Justin Langer is not just the greatest Australian first class run scorer in cricketing history-he overtook Don Bradman in 2009-but someone who writes and talks about the game with great insight, experience and wit. In this eagerly anticipated account, Langer looks back on the mateship, locker-room antics and on-field triumphs which made up his Australian Test career and his Somerset captaincy.Peer behind the scenes to relive the night the Australians soaked the English changing rooms at Lord's in beer, the midnight frolic around the SCG in their underpants and baggy green caps, and the Caribbean dinner which cost the Australian Cricket Board GBP10,000. What was it like to face the barrage of the West Indies and Pakistan attacks at their peak, who was the best bowler Langer ever faced and how did an Adelaide pool table help Shane Warne hone his flipper?Langer also expands on his infamous 2009 Ashes 'dossier' as he shares his thoughts on the current crop of English cricketers and his years in the UK. He writes with great humour and candour of his cricketing friends, foes and heroes and his career highs and lows, encompassing everything from Test centuries and Ashes tussles to a rather unfairly matched eating competition with Mike Gatting.
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Justin Langer played 105 Test matches for Australia between 1993 and 2007, scoring 7696 runs and 23 centuries. He was a key player in great Australian teams captained by Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting, and with Matthew Hayden formed arguably the most successful opening partnership in Australian Test history. In 2001, he was named one of Wisden's Cricketers of the Year. Following his retirement from international cricket, Langer played four years for Somerset and captained the side in the 2008-09 seasons. He is also the author of From Outback to Outfield, The Power of Passion and Seeing the Sunrise, and is patron of several charities. He was awarded an Order of Australia medal in 2008 for his contribution to cricket and charity work. Langer is currently the batting coach of the Australian side and lives with his wife and four daughters in Perth.Review:
"An engaging read, full of thoughtful insights on his colleagues and anecdotes from the great innings he played and witnessed." - The Observer
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Book Description Allen & Unwin Australia, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111742377149
Book Description Allen & Unwin Australia, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1742377149