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Merv: The Full Story/Keane, Patrick/Hardb/0732258227/S049-C2
Merv Hughes is one of nine Australians to take 200 Test wickets. He also hit more than 1000 Test runs. Yet, he is remembered as much for his character, his spirit, his antics, even for his huge moustache, as for his cricket achievements. Ask any cricket fan anywhere in the world what they remember about Merv and, sure enough, they will relate their favourite Merv story. It will be a tale that's been passed along the cricket grapevine. Inevitably, it will be funny, and most likely involve a sledge, a bouncer and a crude punchline. Unfortunately, there will be no mention of his great skill or extraordinary ability to get the wickets that really mattered. The yarn might or might not be true. This book sets the record straight. This brilliantly researched work, which features interviews with many of Merv's friends, colleagues and opponents - even umpires and administrators - looks back on every aspect of the fast man's sporting life. The wickets, the glory, the pain and the amazing, hilarious and occasionally risqué anecdotes are all here. And, this time, they are all true! The result is a uniquely entertaining and complete portrait of one of Australia's finest and most popular sporting champions.