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McGilvray: The Game Goes On... SIGNED

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This second volume of memoirs by ABC commentator Alan McGilvray is a more thematic look at some of the ground that he covered in The Game is not the Same. McGilvray at the end of his career was revered for his commentary work in the same way that Richie Benaud is today. Benaud had great cricketing experience, having captained Australia from 1959-1964. McGilvray captained a star-studded NSW side in the 1930s.

In this volume there is more time spent making comparisons. Barry Richards, the brilliant South African run-maker is held up to Bradman, and reckoned to be not very far short of the great man. Was Dennis Lille superior to Ray Lindwall? 

But not all of his sketches are of players well known today. His short reminiscence of the Archie Jackson is strikingly poignant. Jackson died of tuberculosis when only 23 years of age, and was a batsman of flair and also of great courage. McGilvray tells of one of Jackson's last grade matches before his death. Almost unable to stand upright, Jackson kept batting until he collapsed going for a run. Unable to make his ground, Jackson pleaded with McGilvray to run him out. Jackson was desperate not to have 'retired hurt' recorded against his name, lest he be thought soft.

Another spirited cricketer admired by McGilvray was Max Walker. Walker tour of the shouldered the burden of the Australian bowling attack on the Australian tour of the West Indies in 1973. Dennis Lillee had broken down with stress fractures, and Walker's efforts helped Australia to a series win. He bowled with his cricket boots full of blood, such was his determination.

That he was willing to do so was also due to the inspirational leadership of Ian Chappell. McGilvray discusses the great captains, and while many have been very good, the three great captains singled out were Benaud, Chappell and Englishman Ray Illingworth. ALl three were tactically astute, but also had the uncanny knack of reading the game, and acting when the moment demanded it. Benaud and Chappell had attacking flair, Illingworth guts and determination.

McGilvrary's cricket memory in this volume stretched from the 1920s to the late 1980s, and includes a vignette of a young Stephen Rodger Waugh. While not a chronological history, McGilvray's stories are an essential part of Australia's cricketing heritage.

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