Saturday 12 March 2022

Guest Review: Shane Warne: My Illustrated Career By Shane Warne

The Ashes reached new levels of excitement in 2005, with England's priceless win under Michael Vaughan's leadership, and Freddy Flintoff and co's determination to end Australian domination of the past 18 years. One man who kept the Australians in the series, right up until the last day of the final test match at the Oval, was their talismanic leg bowler Shane Warne. Quite simply, Warne is the finest cricketer ever to play the game - and acknowledged as such by his contemporaries and commentators alike. With over 600 test match victims, he managed to take 40 wickets against England, but still ended up on the losing team. Putting the torrid tales of his private life aside, Warne always lets his spinning do the talking for him, becoming the scourge of many international batsmen. Now, for the first time, we provide a superb biographical account of his career in pictures, with commentary from the great man himself. Supported with photographs from his own personal collection, plus superb professional photography of his key moments in first class cricket - this book will chart the rise of the game's greatest exponent of not only spin, but also of never-say-die cricket. Released with perfect timing for the upcoming Ashes contest in Australia in 2006, this is the story, in pictures of a sporting legend that everyone will want to buy.

Review: Shane Warne, who recently passed away, was an Australian cricketer who played in 145 Test Matches between 1992 and 2007. Described as the greatest leg spin bowler ever, he took 708 wickets, a total second only to the Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan. He was also a useful late middle order batsman, scoring 3,154 runs during his Test career. Following his retirement from playing, he took up coaching and was also a knowledgeable television commentator.

This book, published in 2006, is an illustrated autobiography of his life and playing career up until that date. Comprising numerous colour photographs and blocks of text, the book covers: his boyhood; Ashes series against England, as well as matches against the other Test playing sides; one day matches; and his time as captain of Hampshire. His approach to cricket, and to life in general, comes across in the book. Never one to shy away from confrontation, his career had its fair number of controversial moments. However, his playing record speaks for itself, and he was a key member of a very successful Australian side.

The book is more of a photographic record, so by its very nature the narrative is fragmentary. However, the high quality of the photographs means that it is an interesting record, and is a fitting tribute to an exceptional cricketer.

To order your copy now, just click the link: UK or US

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