Several months ago, I mentioned in a thread somewhere here that I was at work on a biography of Herbert Collins, Australia's captain from 1921 to 1926. It's very nearly finished, and I anticipate that it will be published some time around December/January (although no date is yet fixed). This one is being published by Ken Piesse's Cricket Books (publisher of Ric Sissons' book on CTB Turner). I'm told that, at about the same time, Ken will also be publishing a biography of Ted McDonald, the great fast bowler for Australia and Lancashire in the 1920s. So there are a couple of new Australian books in the works for those interested.
Who has written the one on McDonald?
Thanks for jogging my memory. Nick Richardson is indeed the man and it is no doubt a reflection on me that I don't know his work. I'm looking forward to reading this.
I always thought that allegations of wrongdoing were what prompted McDonald to leave Tasmania - though why, I don't recall. Anyway, one to look forward to - although of course I urge you to buy Collins and McDonald as a set!
A quick google search teaches me that Nick Richardson did his PhD thesis in history on Ted McDonald. As I say, one to look forward to.
There were precedents of players who represented Eng and Aus before McDonald. Midwinter switched allegiance a few times. Does anyone know if McDonald would have been allowed to represent Eng at any time during his time there? Could have been an interesting opponent for us to contend with in any of the 26, 28 or 30 ashes. Could've helped Tate swing the 24 ashes series as well.
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