From the very first women’s Test in Brisbane in 1934 to the most recent in Sydney in 2017, and every Test in between, these are the nineteen women who have had the honour to captain Australia’s Test cricket team. The challenges, both on and off the field. The tactics, the personalities.
From the backyards of Lismore, Glenelg, Shepparton... to the big time at Lords, the Gabba, Mumbai, Sabina Park. Travel back in time to the pioneering captains… Margaret Peden, Mollie Dive, Una Paisley; through the ages to Muriel Picton, Miriam Knee, Anne Gordon, to modern day greats, Alex Blackwell and Meg Lanning. There's household names Belinda Clark, Karen Rolton, Lyn Larsen, Jodie Fields.
Rob Harvey’s Captains File: From Peden to Haynes, Australia's Women Test Cricket Captains takes you on a journey to the first battle for the Ashes at home and the voyages across the seas to England to take them back; tours to India, the Caribbean, New Zealand, from the visionary Margaret Peden to the new age under Meg Lanning and Rachael Haynes.
“Australia’s women’s Test cricketers have an enthralling past, their history beautifully brought to life by Rob Harvey. Rob has produced a unique, unprecedented piece of work which draws you in and brings so much to you as the reader.” – Lyn Larsen
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From comedy to travel adventure to cricket, Rob Harvey displays his versatility as a writer from his first title, the outrageous Bringing the Cows Home, to his fish-out-of-water adventure through the backblocks of southern China. And then, a departure, to a marriage of his two great passions: cricket and history..
Never before has such analysis been done of the women’s game and its characters, and it was fascinating.- Lyn Larsen (former captain)
Thank you so much Rob for your research and your genuine interest in women's cricket.- Muriel Picton (former captain)
. It is an extraordinary insight into the behind the scenes of Womens leadership in cricket. It offers a thread that connects the history of the women’s game in a simple and open hearted way..- Kate McGready (former player, commentator)
Breathtaking, amazing, overwhelmed. In a league of its own. I can’t put this book down. He shows a deep and abiding love for the game- David Crann
You cannot stop until you reach the end. Strongly recommended. For the purist and the modern day fan- Amazon Reviewer
Having carefully stayed away from any bias towards a specific cricketer, this book is filled with many interesting anecdotes and definitely a fun ride.- Good Reads
I started to get really emotional already. I'm truly touched by his respect to our culture.- Jean Du
Tout Magnifique! Part 3, the Search for Brammall Maegraith - is excellent.- Ross Kendall
How on earth did you find a bottlebrush tree in China? Remarkable!- Geoff Higgs
It did cause some looks as I struggled to not burst out in laughter… I totally recommend the book to anyone with a sense of humour and a good imagination…- Frank Fattore
The mental images grabs you from the very beginning... Einstein was my favourite character on many levels. Albert would have been proud of his namesake…- David Gray
The whole concept of cows living in the city is a classic glimpse into the author's psyche and shows his ability at making something so nonsensical into something funny and believable.- Jason Liang
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