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Australian Cricket Scandals
Australian Cricket Scandals

Australian Cricket Scandals

Ball Tampering, Bets, Bribes, Blow-Ups!


208 Pages, 5.5 x 8.25

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $23.95 (US $23.95) (CA $31.95)

Publication Date: January 2019

ISBN 9781925642575

Rights: US & CA

Wilkinson Publishing (Jan 2019)

Price: $23.95


Australian Cricket Scandals is a crafted collection of Ken Piesse’s previously published writings on the ball tampering, bets, bribes and blow ups that have rocked the world of cricket.All the furores, all the scandal: Black Saturday in Cape Town when Steve Smithand David Warner cheated; Shane Warne and the throwing of a Test match; WorldSeries walk-outs; Greg Chappell’s five minutes of infamy; Dennis Lillee infamous bet against Australia; A captain flattens his chairman of selectors in a 20-minute Sydney brawl; The Ian Meckiff conspiracy; The mysterious non-selections of Dean Jones and Brad Hodge; Don Bradman on strike and much, much more.Most recently it was Sandpaper Saturday in Cape Town in the autumn of 2018,our adventure in paradise undermined by just one stunning misjudgment, stillreverberating around the cricketing world — a bigger scandal than the underarm,match fi xing, even Warnie popping the wrong pills. The booing and jeering forAustralia’s captain Steve Smith at Newlands as he walked in and out was loud and prolonged. It came from every direction, not only those in the cheap seats. By so flagrantly abusing the spirit of cricket, Smith and the others discredited themselves, the game and 450 other Australian Test players who’d so proudly worn the baggy green cap.

Author Biography

Ken Piesse is Australian cricket’s master storyteller, an author of more than 50 cricket books including Cricket’s Colosseum (2003), the first 125 years of Testcricket at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and most recently Heroes of the Hour (2017) and Pep, the story of Cec Pepper the best cricketer never to represent Australia (2018).