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    Embarrassing ****-ups in autobiographies

    Javed Miandad on Dennis Lillee

    By the time we got to Perth, Dennis and I had already been going at each other for a while. In one of the side matches, a four day game against Queensland at Brisbane, I had scored a hundred and Dennis had been frustrated at not being able to get me out
    You might wonder what DKL was doing turning out for Queensland, well I certainly did - turns out he wasn't, but one Dennis Lillie, a journeyman leg spinner did - mind you he didn't get Javed out, so he was right about that

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    Ha, lol.

    Kinda eff up that makes one wonder exactly how much Miandad actually contributed to his (alleged, etc) autobiography.

    Smacks of a lazy ghost and a lazier fact checker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    Ha, lol.

    Kinda eff up that makes one wonder exactly how much Miandad actually contributed to his (alleged, etc) autobiography.

    Smacks of a lazy ghost and a lazier fact checker.
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    Less historical threads please.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    Less historical threads please.
    You want to be careful - "Diaries of a Pyromaniac", the unofficial biography of your good self that benchy and I are currently working on, is becoming less accurate by the minute

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    Fewer.

    And yes, you'd think Miandad might have wondered why Dennis was bowling leg-spin. I expect he was similarly perplexed when he came up against Geoff Thompson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stumpski View Post
    Fewer.
    Indeed. I deserve chastisement for that. Bit of a shocker.

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    Any juicy tidbits Fred?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    You want to be careful - "Diaries of a Pyromaniac", the unofficial biography of your good self that benchy and I are currently working on, is becoming less accurate by the minute
    As long as you include the bit about my choice of hats and that subpoena I once received, we're good to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stumpski View Post
    Fewer.

    And yes, you'd think Miandad might have wondered why Dennis was bowling leg-spin. I expect he was similarly perplexed when he came up against Geoff Thompson.
    And smalishah's avatar is the most classy one by far Jan certainly echoes the sentiments of CW

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    I haven't read it for a while so hopefully my memory's accurate on this, but in Nasser Hussain's autobiography there's a photo of him and S. Waugh at the toss in Brisbane 02/03 (where Nasser did his ill-fated decision to bowl)... except it's a picture of Adelaide.

    Still a good read overall.

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    In 1991 Viv Richards second autobiography, Hitting Across the Line, appeared.

    Understandably he talks about his first ever Test series in India in 1974/75 when he screwed up twice in the first Test, but then went on to get a matchwinning 192* in the second. He explains how watching Clive Lloyd deal with Chandra while they put on over 100 together helped him come to terms with batting against spin

    Trouble is Chandra was left out of that match in favour of Venkat - whoops!

    Still its not really his ghost's fault - he was probably reading a 1984 book of Sunny Gavaskar's that made the same mistake

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    The whole of Daniel Vettori's biography. Absolute ****. An embarrassment to the written word.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HeathDavisSpeed View Post
    The whole of Daniel Vettori's biography. Absolute ****. An embarrassment to the written word.
    Haha I own that I think but still haven't read it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    Ha, lol.

    Kinda eff up that makes one wonder exactly how much Miandad actually contributed to his (alleged, etc) autobiography.

    Smacks of a lazy ghost and a lazier fact checker.
    Not much beyond two words I guess Javed and Miandad.

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