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Australian Cricket Digest 2012-13

Australian Cricket Digest 2012-13
Edited by Lawrie Colliver

Pages 312

Price Australian dollars 25 + postage Australian dollars 9.50

Email : lawrie.colliver@gmail.com

Lawrie Colliver has done a superb job in bringing out volume one of Australian Cricket Digest 2012-13, covering all the major cricket played by Australia in the preceding twelve months or so, filling a gap left by Wisden Cricketers' Almanack Australia and Allan's Australian Cricket Annual.

An excellent publication, cricket enthusiasts would definitely look forward to the 2013-14 publication and the possibility of this Digest becoming a regular publication to every Australian summer.

Besides the Tests, ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals played by Australia, the volume covers Test records of Australia, South Africa and Sri Lanka and ODI records of Australia, Sri Lanka and the West Indies.

Michael Clarke and Ben Hilfenhaus have been named as Players of the season. Lawrie in his editorial says that, "Australian Test skipper has had a superb twelve months and is rightly one of our Players of the summer. After winning in Sri Lanka, Clarke's team drew series in South Africa and at home to New Zeland and with India coming here as number one Test nation, another real challenge presented itself. After a fighting First Test win at the MCG, the Australians destroyed the Indians in the next three to win four-nil and showed they are back on track to be the number one Test nation again sometime soon. Clarke's own batting in that series was brilliant, his captaincy inspired and overall during the summer his demeanour was very sportsmanlike."

Australia's domestic cricket - Sheffield Shield, Ryobi Cup and Big Bash League have been covered in detail. Women's Cricket also features in the book

Lawrie has shown his concern with regard to Shaun Marsh's form: "After a brilliant tour of Sri Lanka, where he made his maiden Test century, Shaun Marsh hit a few hurdles during the 2011-12 Test summer. He had an awful series against India, managing just 17 runs in six innings including three ducks. How someone could go from looking so assured and confident to be being so out of touch and nervous in such a short space of time is incredible"

The editor has paid a rich tribute to Brett Lee and called him one of the great warriors of Australian Cricket.

Australian Cricket Digest 2012-13 has been painstakingly researched and lovingly compiled. What is most remarkable is that so much has been packed into a book of 312 pages, with everything set out with such clarity of detail.