The Ashes Diary
Trade Paperback
The Ashes Diary - Michael Clarke


Format: Trade Paperback
Pub date: 12/11/2013
Category: Biography & True Stories / Autobiography: sport
Imprint: Macmillan Australia
Pages: 304
Price: $34.99

Michael Clarke's fascinating and insightful diary of the 2013 Ashes series in England.

Taming the might of a resurgent English cricket team was never going to be an easy task - even before some of the off-field issues that hit Michael and the Australian team, such as the sacking of Mickey Arthur just days prior to the First Test at Trent Bridge.

The young team, filled with more talent than experience, came heartbreakingly closer to their goal than the final Test score of 3-0 indicates. Michael's account of what was going on behind the scenes and on the field gives us a fresh, informed and intimate view of the tour - the highs, the lows and the many controversies that dogged the series.

In his role as Australian captain, Michael Clarke has introduced a very different dynamic into the traditions of captaincy. Open, inclusive and articulate, Clarke has put his own distinctive stamp on the job. Now he puts his stamp on the Captain's Diary, giving us his unique perspective, delivered with trademark intelligence and honesty.


Michael Clarke is one of the most recognisable Australian cricketers to date. He joined the NSW Sheffield Shield team at eighteen and made his international test debut only three years later. He is known for his remarkable batting partnerships with Mike Hussey - who could forget the triple-hundred at the SCG in 2012? ­- and his often open and frank relationship with the Australian public. He was made the permanent captain of the Australian cricket team, after Ricky Ponting stood down, in 2011.
Walkley Award-winning journalist Malcolm Knox is closely collaborating with Michael on the diaries. Malcolm has held a number of positions at the Sydney Morning Herald including chief cricket correspondent, assistant sport editor and literary editor. He also ghosted Adam Gilchrist's autobiography True Colours, Ben Cousins' My Life Story, and Bart Cummings' My Life.