“ Genre: Biography / Author: Shane Warne / Edition: New Ed / Paperback / 368 Pages / Book is published 2002-05-02 by Coronet „
Warney is one of the greatest cricketers of all time, a fantastic spin bowler who really redefined the genre. An Australian with dyed blonde highlights and a laissez faire attitude who behind the hype trained like crazy to be the player he became.
This book follows Warne from his childhood learning the rudimentaries of spin bowling through to his glittering test career going from crickets wild man to one of the most respected cricketing brains of his generation.
In the foreword Ian Botham calls him the greatest spin bowler of all time and this is not innaccurate, I really enjoyed this book as Warne is just so honest, he owns up to his mistakes, in attitude and behaviour and is incredibly honest in his opinions of others.
Warne talks about his own inspirations and how he learnt the game and compares this with how the game is now played and taught, he talks through all the great and awful moments of his career, from his amazing ball to take Gattings wicket through the tabloid exposes of his philandering, as he grows up he changes from a cocky young man into a charming elder statesmen of the game, he is honest but never vicious, he does settle some scores with players or people he didn't like but never goes out of his way to do so, most of his criticism is for his own behaviour but he does accept his faults and his need to work on them.
One part of the book I found particularly interesting was the section on English cricket and what was wrong and right with it, it's interesting to hear the views of an inpartial outsider who was always widely admired here (even if he got more than his fair share of humorous comments from English crowds), he is honest about the lack of structure and professionalism in the English league set up and clearly has a future in management or the sports administration.
Overall this book mixes insightful cricketing knowledge with gossip and the story of one of the games greatest ever bowlers.
In My Autobiography, Aussie leg-spin maestro Shane Warne, perhaps the outstanding cricketer of his generation--and one of the most consistently newsworthy characters in sport--takes stock of a phenomenally successful career, and gives his account of the scandals and controversies that have sent the media into spasms of delighted indignation. From his days as a frustrated teenage wannabe Aussie Rules star, who decided he might as well try his hand at cricket, Warne has almost single-handedly taken the gentle, studious art of spin-bowling and turned it into a thrilling gladiatorial spectacle--on the way gathering career stats that rank him in company with the game's all-time elite.