A GOLDEN AGE By Ian Chap­pell Pan Macmil­lan $32.95

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❏ AS a for­mer Aus­tralian cap­tain, Ian Chap­pell earned enough re­spect dur­ing his play­ing days to be­come a highly re­garded author­ity on cricket long af­ter he hung up the creams.For more than 20 years he has been watch­ing and writ­ing about the Aussie team’s rise from the base­ment to the pen­t­house of world power and that stay­ing power alone says the pub­lic cares about what he has to say.But while AGold­enAge, a col­lec­tion of his in­sights from var­i­ous pub­lished ar­ti­cles dur­ing the past two decades, has some ‘oh yeah, I for­got about that’ kind of mo­ments, as a whole I of­ten found it hard to mo­ti­vate my­self to read on. In a word: Dis­ap­point­ing.

— ANTONY STE­WART

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