THEARTOFAMATEUR CRICKET CAPTAINCY
Cricket captaincy in Australia has long boiled down to picking the best player. Call it the Bradman model. As the author writes, the Don devoted more space in his instructional book to running between wickets than captaincy: “For him, effective leadership was averaging 99.94.”
But what happens when a cricket team’s talent is far down the other end of the scale? Charlie Campbell, skipper of the Authors CC, seeks to know the answer of how to lead a moderately successful XI while also having to prepare food for the tea break.
Rather than Bradman, the twin poles of this book are Mike Brearley and JM Barrie. Brearley, the former England captain-turned-shrink, provides the template from his 1985 book The Art Of Captaincy; Barrie, the author of Peter Pan and a notoriously bad cricketer, only became a captain because no team wanted him, so he formed his own.
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