Thursday, February 3, 2011

Book Review #10 - Starting Out: My Story So Far by Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook forced his way into the record books in 2006, becoming one of the few England players to score a hundred on debut. By going on to become the only Englishman to hit seven Test centuries before his twenty-third birthday, Alastair found himself in the company of the greatest players in cricketing hsitory.

STARTING OUT is Alastair's personal account of this speedy climb to stardom. Equally gifted at music, he opted for cricket as a schoolboy and the young left-hander broke record after record as he progressed to become the first-choice opener for Essex.

Alastair became an integral part of the England team, alongside Andrew Flintoff, Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Strauss, and is perfectly placed to describe the highs and lows of life within the England cricket camp during one of the most exciting and turbulent periods of their history, both on and off the field.

Updated to include the full dramatic story of the 2009 Ashes triumph, STARTING OUT amounts to a fascinating insight into the life of one of the rising stars of English cricket.

My Rating: 3.5/5

I own quite a few cricketers autobiographies and rarely get around to reading them as I'm always reading fiction. Yet after Alastair Cook's amazing summer here in Australia I finally grabbed his book off my shelf.

His writing was alot similar to his batting in that it was intelligent and mature.

I like the expansive talk about cricket onfield and the the stats and records at the end. Although if you don't like cricket as much as I do, you would probably find it boring.

I recommend that if you like cricket, even if you don't support England, even if you support Australia that you should pick up this book because with 16 centuries already to his name, who knows how many he will end up with by the time he retires.

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