Synopses & Reviews
Kim Hughes was one of the most majestic and daring batsmen to play for Australia in the last 40 years. Golden curled and boyishly handsome, his rise and fall as captain and player is unparalleled in our cricketing history. He played at least three innings that count as all-time classics, but it's his tearful resignation from the captaincy that is remembered. Insecure but arrogant, abrasive but charmingin Hughes' character were the seeds of his own destruction. Yet was Hughes' fall partly due to those around him, men who are themselves legends in Australia's cricketing history? Lillee, Marsh, the Chappellsall had their agendas, all were unhappy with his selection and performance as captainevidenced by Dennis Lillee's tendency to aim bouncers relentlessly at Hughes' head during net practice. Hughes' arrival on the Test scene coincided with the most turbulent time Australian cricket has ever seenfirst Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket, then the rebel tours to South Africa. Both had dramatic effects on Hughes' career. As he traces the high points and the low, Chris Ryan sheds new and fascinating light on the cricketand the cricketersof the times.
About the Author
Christian Ryan was the founding editor of the national current affairs magazine the Monthly. He has edited Inside Edge magazine, Wisden Cricketers' Almanack Australia, and was the deputy editor of Wisden Cricket Monthly. He has also worked as a journalist for the Guardian.