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    Some Nice Insights from Graham McKenzie

    1. Their training and practice was to bowl and bowl and bowl.
    2. He was fond of Lindwall.
    3. He thinks it's extremely tough for a fast bowler if he doesn't have able support.
    4. The game was much more friendly those days. Sledging wasn't that common.
    5. Quite in line with CW's belief, he makes a striking distinction between attacking batsmen like Sobers, Barry, Pollock and defensive batsmen like Barrington, Boycott.

    There are many more interesting points he makes. Read the story...
    Graham McKenzie: 'Some people said I was too nice to be a fast bowler' | Specials | Cricinfo Magazine | ESPN Cricinfo
    "I want to raise my hand and say one thing. Those who complain about my love for the game or commitment to the game are clueless. These are the only 2 areas where I give myself 100 out of 100."
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    Enjoyable read. Always good to read what the oldies have to say - wish I could find some writings by Miller though
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    Seems like a good egg, Garth. Certainly one of the more forgotten bowlers to have taken 200 wickets.

    Talks sense too:

    Quote Originally Posted by Garth McKenzie
    If you only ever did one tour, you'd want to go to England, for the traditions of cricket. I liked playing cricket in England.
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    He wasn't fully recognised for his full potential though, more the shame, he had a habit of dragggggging that back foot and was accused more than once of being "suspect" in his action
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    I heard Richie Benaud tell a story about the first time McKenzie toured England.

    Apparently McKenzie was a good looking, strapping young guy with a great physique.

    McKenzie's mum approached Benaud (tour captain) as they were about to board the ship to England and said, "Please look after my boy Mr Benaud, it's the first time he's been away from home and I'm very worried he'll get homesick and lonely".

    Benaud said that he could see Graham over Mrs McKenzie's shoulder as they spoke, and that Graham was surrounded by "six nubile young women, all giggling as he spoke to them".

    Benaud responded to McKenzie's mother by saying in his dry voice, "Don't worry Mrs McKenzie, I think Graham will be fine".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jager View Post
    Enjoyable read. Always good to read what the oldies have to say - wish I could find some writings by Miller though
    There's plenty of them - he authored about ten books

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    There's plenty of them - he authored about ten books
    Indeed, although from what I understand they are ghost/co-written by Whitington - that being said, ff, do you like his writing style?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jager View Post
    Indeed, although from what I understand they are ghost/co-written by Whitington - that being said, ff, do you like his writing style?
    To be fair to Miller I think Whitington was more of a genuine co-author than a ghost in the manner of the times - I have to confess to never having read one of the books from start ,to finish but more than one of my features has been inspired by flicking through his books - Sid Barnes books are all entertaining but essentially destructive - Miller's were similar, but constructive, if you see what I mean

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    So it's worth picking one up, I'd assume? I also read that Lindwall's Flying Stumps is a great read and I find myself keen to read Alan Davidson's autobiography. Might have to part with a few dollars and get them

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    To be fair to Miller I think Whitington was more of a genuine co-author than a ghost in the manner of the times - I have to confess to never having read one of the books from start ,to finish but more than one of my features has been inspired by flicking through his books - Sid Barnes books are all entertaining but essentially destructive - Miller's were similar, but constructive, if you see what I mean
    From what I remember, his account of the 1953 Ashes was a pretty gracious affair. Not surprising given the personality of the man and his active service in WW2. Plus the fact that Aus had help the Ashes for about 20 years and probably felt confident about reclaiming them at home a year and a bit later,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jager View Post
    So it's worth picking one up, I'd assume? I also read that Lindwall's Flying Stumps is a great read and I find myself keen to read Alan Davidson's autobiography. Might have to part with a few dollars and get them
    Cricket Typhoon, about the 54/55 series is the most interesting, although it's the trickiest to find, and the most expensive (marginal though), as it has a digression on leg theory in it, so all those boring bastards who collect anything to do with bodyline tend to snap up copies as soon as they turn up

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    Quote Originally Posted by wpdavid View Post
    From what I remember, his account of the 1953 Ashes was a pretty gracious affair. Not surprising given the personality of the man and his active service in WW2. Plus the fact that Aus had help the Ashes for about 20 years and probably felt confident about reclaiming them at home a year and a bit later,
    Unlike Barnes' account, which accused the Australians generally of spending too much time on the lash and being rude to their hosts, and Miller specifically of spending too much time at the races



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