Foreword by Geoff Lawson Introduction Acknowledgements The Birth of the Ashes 1882-1911: Perfidious Albion; W.G. Grace - 'The Perpetual Schoolboy'; When Ivo Goes Back with the Urn; There Was an Old Man with a Beard; The Golden Age - or Was It?; Charles III and the Maharajah; Sydney Barnes - Class Warrior; The First Great Series. From Bosanquet to Gregory - Cricket's Arms Race 1903-1929: The Googly - Cricket's Wrong'un; Slings and Arrows; Warwick Armstrong - New Grace or Disgrace?; The Boardroom Brawl; The Launch of 'The Big Ship'; Double-Quick; An Officer and a Gamesman; Pray God, No Professional Shall Captain England'; The Intemperance Society; Jealous Rivals. Don's Delight - The Bradman Era 1930-1948: Bradman's Summer of Summits; Douglas Jardine - Made in Scotland from Girders; 'I've Got It, He's Yellow!'; The Onslaught Begins; Evasive Action; The Battle of Adelaide; First Blood; The Cable War; The Most Hated Man in Australia; A Catholic Conspiracy?; Captain Bradman and the Mutineers; A Feud Renewed; The Ikin Catch; Miller and Lindwall - Aussies in Excelsis; The Morality of Bouncers; Bradman's Last Stand. In Search of Brighter Cricket 1950-1970: Lord Hawke's Prayer Rejected; The Blocker and the Chucker; The Typhoon Blows in; Laker Superior; Benaud's Bent-Arm Army; And Then There Were None; Total Team Spirit; When Ted Met Fred; The Dreariest Decade; Defender of the Realm. Reign of Fire 1970-1987: Street Fighting Men; Every Quick for Himself; Bottles and Beercans; The Spores of Wrath; The Killing Fields; The Ultimate Wang-er; Different Strokes; Different Folks; The Revolution Will Be Televised Lambs to the Slaughter; A Great Ashes Romance; The Miracle of Headingley; Notoriouser and Notoriouser; Beefy's Last Bow. The Baggy Green Machine 1989-Present: Captain Australia; Revenge of the Amateurs; David Gower's Flying Circus; The Ball of the Century; A Word in Your Ear; Captain Grumpy; Waugh's Aussies - Invincible or Unspeakable?; The Urn Returns; The Revengers' Tragicomedy; The Blond Bows Out. Index of Players. Picture Acknowledgements.
Simon Briggs writes on cricket for the Daily Telegraph, which kindly allows him to make a living out of his hobbies - cricket and rock music. He grew up in Oxford, in a house full of academics, then studied history at Cambridge, but no-one has ever discovered which period.
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