Book review: The Ashes 2011, Gideon Haigh

By Simon Hayes on March 1, 2011 1:15 PM |

DD-feb24-book.jpgAshes 2011, by Gideon Haigh
Aurum Press, £12.99

Relive the many highs and occasional lows of England's triumphant tour Down Under that saw them retain the Ashes in thrilling style.


The Cricket World Cup is upon us and fans of the flannel have the one day form of the game to keep them entertained for the next few weeks.

But less than two months ago it was England's Ashes campaign in Australia that had fans glued to their tellies and radios all night as they followed the events from the Waca, Gabba and elsewhere.

In 2005 expectation turned to ashes as England were whitewashed 5-0, but this time round Andrew Strauss's men were the ones setting the records as they retained the urn with a convincing 3-1 win against the old enemy.

For England, and most spectacularly Alastair Cook, it was a chance to prove the doubters wrong once and for all, while finally nailing the myth of Aussie invincibility on home turf.

Gideon Haigh is one of Australia's most-respected cricket writers, and he's more than fair in his assessment of England's achievements Down Under. Bringing insight and no little writing flair to the subject, Haigh captures the ebbs and flows of a fascinating series - the personal triumphs, collective failures and erratic selections.

Whatever happens to England's one-day team on the sub-continent, there's plenty in this excellent book to remind followers of the game why test cricket is still the game for the cricket connoisseur, and why England versus Australia is the finest vintage of all.