Clarke's Ashes Diaries give us a real behind-the-scenes view of the Australian team and the incredible ups and downs of a riveting and controversial Ashes series. Recorded day-by-day, and covering every highlight and lowlight with intelligence and honesty, this is a genuine insight into one of the most rewarding, most difficult and most high-profile jobs in Australia - captain of our cricket team.
Michael Clarke is one of the most recognisable Australian cricketers to date. He joined the NSW Sheffield Shield team at eighteen and made his international test debut only three years later. He is known for his remarkable batting partnerships with Mike Hussey - who could forget the triple-hundred at the SCG in 2012? - and his often open and frank relationship with the Australian public. He was made the permanent captain of the Australian cricket team, after Ricky Ponting stood down, in 2011.
Walkley Award-winning journalist Malcolm Knox is closely collaborating with Michael on the diaries. Malcolm has held a number of positions at the Sydney Morning Herald including chief cricket correspondent, assistant sport editor and literary editor. He also ghosted Adam Gilchrist's autobiography True Colours, Ben Cousins' My Life Story, and Bart Cummings' My Life.
After a stirring 5-0 triumph against England last summer, hopes were high that Michael Clarke's World Cup-winning Australians would seize the Ashes on English soil for the first time since 2001.
Ashes Diary 2015 tells the inside story of a remarkable series filled with dramatic twists and turns. Captain Clarke takes us behind the scenes of the Australian squad - into the dressing rooms, onto the tour bus, profiling the players and getting us up close and personal for every team talk, strategy meeting and training session.
Day by day, Clarke shares with us the innermost feelings and private thoughts as the Australian captain while he negotiates form breakdowns, selection meltdowns, dizzying highs and despairing lows on the hunt for an historic victory. After 115 Tests over more than a decade, Ashes Diary 2015 is Michael Clarke's straight-shooting farewell to cricket.
Despite their failures, captain Michael Clarke records in his diary a feeling of hunger in his team: a hunger to strike back, a hunger to prove their talent to the world. A hunger to return the urn.
Michael Clarke led his team to an Ashes victory at home in a 5-0 triumph over the 2013-14 summer. Along the way, the tide of public affection turned in his favour for the first time. Clarke had previously been respected for his deeds as a batsman, but had not truly won the hearts of sports fans.
This Ashes series changed that. Clarke showed the grit, talent, charisma and aggression Australian sports fans look for in their leaders. Revealing and insightful, Clarke once again puts his unique mark on the sport, giving us his account of how he rallied both the team and public behind him to bring the urn home.
It’s the ultimate in fantasy baseball: You get to pick the roster, set the lineup, and decide on strategies -- with real players, in a real ballpark, in a real playoff race. That’s what baseball analysts Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller got to do when an independent minor-league team in California, the Sonoma Stompers, offered them the chance to run its baseball operations according to the most advanced statistics. Their story in The Only Rule is it Has to Work is unlike any other baseball tale you've ever read.
We tag along as Lindbergh and Miller apply their number-crunching insights to all aspects of assembling and running a team, following one cardinal rule for judging each innovation they try: it has to work. We meet colorful figures like general manager Theo Fightmaster and boundary-breakers like the first openly gay player in professional baseball. Even José Canseco makes a cameo appearance.
Will their knowledge of numbers help Lindbergh and Miller bring the Stompers a championship, or will they fall on their faces? Will the team have a competitive advantage or is the sport’s folk wisdom true after all? Will the players attract the attention of big-league scouts, or are they on a fast track to oblivion?
It’s a wild ride, by turns provocative and absurd, as Lindbergh and Miller tell a story that will speak to numbers geeks and traditionalists alike. And they prove that you don’t need a bat or a glove to make a genuine contribution to the game.