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After years of under-performance, the start of the 2001 cricket season saw a resurgent England team. Undefeated for five series they faced the might Australians with more hope and confidence than anyone could have expected two years before, when the teams last competed for the Ashes, the greatest prize in Test cricket.
After a disastrous one-day series and defeats in the first three Tests, that optimism was replaced by increasing awe at the strength of the touring side. A famous victory for England at Headingly, made possible by a brilliant innings by Mark Butcher, brought some comfort to the home dressing-room but by then the Ashes had already been lost and Australia had proven themselves again to be the best in the world. A further victory for them at The Oval in Michael Atherton’s farewell performance drew further praise not just for the quality of the Australians’ cricket but also for the way they played the game. The question was asked again and again: was this Australia team, with its fiercely competitive captain Steve Waugh, outstanding batsmen like his brother Mark and Damien Martyn, and world class bowlers in McGrath, Warne and Gillespie, one of the best cricket sides ever?
Christopher Martin-Jenkins, chief correspondent of The Times is one of the game’s foremost commentators. In Men for All Seasons he presents not just a brilliantly perceptive and objective survey of this fascinating series but also the place of the 2001 Australian touring side in the canon of great cricketing XIs – and explores just how much further England have to go in order to compete with the best consistently. Full match reports and score cards combine with elegant pen portraits of the key players to form a unique celebration of the game’s ultimate contest.
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster
PUBLICATION DATE: January 2001
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