The Ashes Diary – 2013
Taming the might of a resurgent English cricket team was never going to be an easy task – even before some of the off-field issues that hit Michael and the Australian team, such as the sacking of Mickey Arthur just days prior to the First Test at Trent Bridge.
The young team, filled with more talent than experience, came heartbreakingly closer tho their goal than the final Test score of 3-0 indicates. Michael’s account of what was going on behind the scenes and on the field gives us a fresh, informed and intimate view of the tour – the highs, the lows and the many controversies that dogged the series.
In his role as Australian captain, Michael Clarke has introduced a very different dynamic into the traditions of captaincy. Open, inclusive and articulate, Clarke has put his own distinctive stamp on the job. Now he puts his stamp on the Captain’s Diary, giving us his unique perspective, delivered with trademark intelligence and honesty.