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Steve Smith's Men: Behind Australian Cricket's Fall

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He was top of the world, with numbers bettered only by Don Bradman – then captain Steve Smith led his Australian team into a cheating scandal that stunned cricket. Media exploded and million-dollar contracts were torn up. Australia’s prime minister expressed the public anger and disappointment: ‘Our cricketers are role models, and cricket is synonymous with fair play.’

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Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 1st 2018 by Hardie Grant Books
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Tim Armstrong
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was very fortunate to get an advance reading copy of this amazing book and this is THE best cricket book I’ve read in years!!
However this is not just a cricket book per se, it’s also a book about how culture,(in whatever industry or sport) can affect outcomes!!
The ball tampering debacle was the net result of unrelenting pressure on the Australian cricketers by their ruling or governing body the ACB!!
This book will shock many, not least me!!
The author was there, ( in South Africa) throughout
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charlotte
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
aside from the absolute glee i get from reading abt the outrage over this, the book's actually a rly good look into things like team climate and leadership (as a sport psychology student...)
Jessica Currie
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
...Bancroft did what any kid shoplifting a Milky Way would do: he shoved the evidence down his pants...it can seem absurd to imbue this action with such drama. But altering a ball can alter the course of the match, the worth of a legacy, the history of the game. This ball would alter some of the world's most prominent careers.


Sports writer/broadcaster Geoff Lemon's account of 'how the hell it came to this' is superbly researched and crafted. Steve Smith's Men isn't about what happened in Cape To
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Joe
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cricket
Loved it!

Geoff Lemon has written a timely and thoughtful book about the ball tempering events, and so much more. The first half sets up context including several pages where he attempts to explain why the selectors persist with Sean Marsh, including this gem, “The Marsh sequence was set: a melange of sporadic brilliance, epic failure, ill-timed injury, unmerited call-ups and batting order pinball.”

Of AB De Villiers he writes… “ (he) got off the mark off the fourth ball he faced with a six. From
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Marco Trevisiol
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Impressive account on how things went awry in Oz cricket leading to the SA tour disaster.
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