BILL LAWRY: CHASING A CEN­TURY

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Var­i­ous Con­trib­u­tors HARDIE GRANT, $45 Bill Lawry’s cricket jour­ney has been long, di­verse and event­ful — a teenage prodigy, suc­cess­ful Test open­ing bats­man, oc­ca­sion­ally con­tro­ver­sial cap­tain, le­gend at club and state level and hugely pop­u­lar com­men­ta­tor. Now 81, with the TV rights chang­ing hands, he has drawn stumps — so it’s time to rem­i­nisce. The great man him­self hasn’t taken on this task, rather former team­mates in­clud­ing Keith Stack­pole, Neil Har­vey, Ian Red­path and Greg Chap­pell along with other friends and ob­servers dis­cuss what made Lawry tick. It adds up to an un­abashed ha­giog­ra­phy — scarcely a neg­a­tive note — and, to quib­ble, it is not im­proved by reg­u­lar rep­e­ti­tion, the lack of a stats sec­tion or the pho­to­graphs with no di­rect con­nec­tion to the sub­ject. That said, a feel-good trib­ute is en­tirely ap­pro­pri­ate and will be well re­ceived by those who re­mem­ber him in ac­tion and those too young to ap­pre­ci­ate how good Lawry was. RON REED VERDICT: Big in­nings

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