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Brettig, Daniel – Bradman & Packer

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Sub titled: The deal that changed cricket. Small softback, 188 pages, Sports Shorts series, new.

In 1977 Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket insurgency jolted a staid and traditional sport into a period of chaos and upheaval. Pitting traditionalists against revolutionaries, and players against their paymasters, the a air forever altered not only the power dynamics of the summer game, but the way in which it was presented and viewed.

Much is now understood of Packer’s role in rst seizing control of cricket, then handing it back in a drastically different shape, but far less of the part played by Sir Donald Bradman- better known as the game’s greatest batsman, but also an administrator of  energy and influence.

Daniel Brettig is a rising star of cricket writing. He has been a journalist for almost 10 years, first with The Advertiser and then AAP in Adelaide and Sydney, when he joined ESPNcricinfo in March 2011, starting just in time for Ricky Ponting’s resignation as Australian captain. Those roles have taken him on tours to all the major cricket nations save for Pakistan and Zimbabwe. His Whitewash to Whitewash won the Australian Cricket Society’s Jack Pollard Trophy for the best Australian cricket book published in 2015.

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