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Gideon Haigh: Out of the Running

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April 2011, no. 330

Gideon Haigh: Out of the Running

Reviewed by
April 2011, no. 330

Song and script

Bernard Whimpress

 

OUT OF THE RUNNING: THE 2010–11 ASHES SERIES
by Gideon Haigh
Viking
$29.95 pb, 285 pp, 9780670076017

 

In the early 1990s the cricket tour book, like the western movie, seemed dead and buried. The formulas played themselves out around 1970, though the genre had a strong structure which allowed for fitful new interpretations. Direct telecasts of Test cricket and video highlights of series appeared likely to kill the tour book. Who needed to read about it when, having witnessed the games ball by ball, judgement could be passed again with the aid of electronic recording equipment? Yet a Test series offered a strong structure on which a skilful author could make interesting variations.

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