Shepherd begins the action at the commencement of the tour's eight month cycle, with the Australian team's confidences running high, and Jack Blackham's men looking to inflict a second successive defeat on their English counterparts. W G Grace's England, however were determined not to taste defeat once more - but one team would leave empty handed...En route back home, the Australian team cross the Atlantic to continue their tour; they visit the Philadelphia Cricket Club and play six matches against US and Canadian opposition. This section provides an interesting snapshot into the development of cricket in Northern America at a time of economic disarray. The book tells of the controversial tour party selection and includes complete scorecards for every match, full player performance reviews, coupled with beautifully written commentaries which bring the action on the field to life. With a socio-political backdrop of major industrial and economic upheaval woven into the story, the reader is provided with an understanding of the time of the tour and the way the three continents concerned were developing. This timeless account vividly depicts the sometimes colourful, sometimes sad, yet ever endearing lives of all the principal protagonists from Australia, England and the Philadelphian Club. Shepherd says of this amazing history - "The tumultuous year of 1893, both on and off the cricket fields was instrumental in creating the very heartbeat of the Golden Age".
About the Author
Peter Shepherd currently resides in Northern Ireland but his extensive travels to over 50 countries have provided him with many opportunities to play, watch, talk and write about cricket is some unlikely places around the globe.
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