Bernard Whimpress reviews 'The Strangers Who Came Home' by John Lazenby

Bernard Whimpress
30 March 2015

Enterprise and energy are integral to this story. Without the enterprise of James Lillywhite and John Conway there would have been no Australian tour to England in 1878. Nottingham professional Lillywhite, who captained England in the first-ever Test matches at Melbourne in March-April 1877, arranged the English fixture list and former Victorian all-rounder Conway c ... More

Bernard Whimpress reviews 'The Invincibles' by Bob Reece

Bernard Whimpress
02 March 2015

Emeritus Professor Bob Reece has published widely on Aboriginal history and on New Norcia history in particular. In a brief preface he notes that his paternal grandfather and father were fine cricketers and that he (a poor player) has followed the game from the time of Don Bradman’s Invincibles in the late 1940s. When he learned of the Benedictine Mission’s Abor ... More

Bernard Whimpress reviews 'The Commonwealth Games'

Bernard Whimpress
22 July 2014

The Commonwealth Games, like the Commonwealth of Nations, often seem irrelevant. I intended to declare my bias in this review when I found author Brian Oliver saying the same thing on the first page of his introduction. But, as the author points out, the Games have survived the political, cultural, and sporting odds for more than eighty years and have a rich sportin ... More

Brian Matthews reviews 'On Warne'

Brian Matthews
27 November 2012

In his The Art of Wrist-Spin Bowling (1995), Peter Philpott remarks: ‘If there is one factor in spin bowling which all spinners should accept … it is the concept that the ball should be spun hard. Not rolled, not gently turned, but flicked, ripped, fizzed.’ Richie Benaud agrees: ‘Spin it fiercely. Spin it hard.’ The intensity of the grip that produc ... More

Bernard Whimpress reviews 'Bradman’s War'

Bernard Whimpress
27 November 2012

At last, new Bradman territory to be conquered: the Don 1939–45 or, if we discount the ‘phoney war’ (‘Business as Usual’, as Robert Menzies said of that first phase in World War II), perhaps 1941–45. I imagined a slim volume. Not so! Instead, there is a catch to the subtitle of Bradman’s War: How the 1948 Invincibles Turned the Cricket Pitch ... More

John Maynard: The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe

Bernard Whimpress
22 May 2012

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The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe: A History of Aboriginal Involvement with the World Game
by John Maynard
Magabala Books, $24.95 pb, 192 pp, 9781921248399


Communities, extended family connections, and role models have been keys to Aboriginal part ... More

Christian Ryan (ed.): Australia: Story of a Cricket Country

Bernard Whimpress
23 April 2012

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Australia: Story of a Cricket Country
edited by Christian Ryan
Hardie Grant Books, $89.95 hb, 400 pp, 9781740669375


A favourite quiz question for cricket history buffs has been ‘Who is the only Nobel Prize win ... More

Anthony Bateman and Jeffrey Hill (eds): The Cambridge Companion to Cricket

Bernard Whimpress
23 August 2011

Cerebral knock

Bernard Whimpress


The Cambridge Companion to Cricket
edited by Anthony Bateman and Jeffrey Hill
Cambridge University Press, $34.95 pb, 308 pp, 9780521167871


A book’s title should indicate its subject and, even better, its approach ... More

Gideon Haigh: Out of the Running

Bernard Whimpress
25 March 2011

Song and script

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by Gideon Haigh
$29.95 pb, 285 pp, 9780670076017


In the early 1990s the cricket tour book, like the western movie, seemed dead and buried. The formulas pl ... More

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