McGilvray : The Game is Not the Same Alan McGilvray

ISBN: 9780715388587

Published: 1986


216 pages


McGilvray : The Game is Not the Same  by  Alan McGilvray

McGilvray : The Game is Not the Same by Alan McGilvray
1986 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 216 pages | ISBN: 9780715388587 | 10.46 Mb

Alan McGilvray was the voice that Australian cricket fans associated with summer for fifty years. One of the pioneers of radio broadcasting, he was a key member of the synthetic broadcast team whose commentary of the 1938 Australian tour of England relied on cables from the ground, from which the commentary was built.With so many years of involvement in the game, he has a great number of stories to share, and they are done with charm and quiet passion. His links with the game stretch back into the nineteenth century. He came under wing of former Australian captain M.A.

Noble whose early encouragement led to McGilvray becoming a fine bowler who was good enough to open the bowling for NSW when he made his debut against Victoria in 1933-34. His description of the fear he felt at the prospect of bowling to formidable Victorian and Australian opening pair of Ponsford and Woodfull show a memory undimmed by the years.He was considered unlucky to have missed the Australian tour to England in 1934, and with better luck he might have had both batsmen in his first over, and perhaps that spot on tour.

But his career as a commentator was ground-breaking and after his final commentary stint in Australia in 1985, he was given a standing ovation by the SCG crowd.After discussing the great captains, the work settles into a largely chronological analysis of the game from the 1940s to the 1970s. A recurring theme for him was the decline in on-field gentlemanly behaviour. However, though in that sense a traditionalist, he was aware that the changes to the game wrought by World Series Cricket in the late 1970s were necessary to modernise the game, and was acutely aware that of the niggardly recompense that players received.His portraits of great players are insightful, and largely sympathetic.

He regarded Kim Hughes as a poor captain, but recognised the impossible position he was placed in. He lamented some of what has been lost from the game, but saw much in the modern game that was of value.Norman Tasker has done an excellent job in preserving McGilvrays voice throughout the work. As one who spent many happy hours as a youth listening to McGilvrays authoritative voice, I could hear him talking to me through the pages.If I were to be hyper-critical, for some this book may be occasionally repetitive.

Some stories recur in slightly different ways, and do so in subsequent works. Nevertheless, for those interested in Australian cricket history, you must add McGilvrays voice to the story.

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