11 September 2010

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First Tests: great Australian cricketers and the backyards that made them by Steve Cannane

Facing up to hostile opponents on backyard pitches developed skills, toughness and competitiveness that have taken our cricketers to the top. So Don Bradman's grip and stance evolved in response to the pace that a golf ball rebounded off the tankstand, while Greg Chappell's trademark flick off the hip was invented because the best scoring opportunities at home lay on the leg side. This collection of stories about our greatest cricketers and the backyards that made them gets to the heart and soul of our national game.

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