There's more to cricket than bat and ball. Beyond the playing or the watching, beyond the experience of the sport, cricket is a part of the Australian identity. At every step of our country's history, cricket has been there, helping Australians define themselves.Cricket Dreaming takes a look at what, how and why cricket is what it is to Australians, from within and from without. From statistics to incredible moments of individual performance, from memories to memorabilia, from the players to the commentators, from the Ashes to the World Series to the Imparja Cup, and not forgetting the bat or the ball (or the pitch itself) Cricket Dreaming entertains, informs, and encourages the reader to consider for themselves their relationship with one of Australia's favourite games.
Barry Nicholls is a former cricketer, coach and schoolteacher. Now a journalist for ABC Radio, he has been a contributor to cricinfo, Inside Edge and Cricket Lore. His other passion, Australian Rules Football, was the spur for his previous book, The Story of '78, about the 1978 SANFL final. Barry lives in Alice Springs, but makes an annual pilgrimage to Adelaide to attend the Test.