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In the Firing Line: Diary of a season Paperback – 1 November 2011
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"[Ed Cowan] has a real passion, talent, and insight into the game of cricket and that comes through in his first ever book--a compelling read for any sports fan." --Ricky Ponting, Australian cricketer
"This is the real deal: the highs, lows, joys and toils of a professional cricketer described with refreshing honesty and intelligence. If you've ever wondered what it takes to achieve success, handle failure, cope with pressure and deal with doubt while playing with Australia's best cricketers, Ed Cowan can tell you." --Gideon Haigh, author, "Inside Story: Unlocking Australian Cricket's Archives"
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It's a diary of his 2010 - 11 season, one in which his side won major honours whilst the author had a successful season of his own. The account is intimate and personal, showing us the day-to-day routine and frustrations of being a cricketer, his motivations as a professional and the emotional intensity of playing at this level.
Clearly it was published very soon after being completed, and I'm probably missing the point to say that I wanted more, to know of his immediate plans after the season was done and maybe even a retrospective view on the key moments of the year. No matter; it's a great read that would be interesting to anyone interested in sports people, whether or not cricket is their game.
It's not heavy reading - I got through it in one sitting - but it does highlight the highs, lows and self-doubts that professional sportsmen go through.
I was left a bit frustrated that it didn't provide more in-depth detail of what went on - really it's not much more than how many runs Cowan made, how he got out and how he's feeling. There is one standout which is the exchange of emails between Cowan and captain George Bailey following Cowan's omission from the T20 side - this is very interesting reading.
For a player who is (by all reports) a very intelligent man, the book probably falls short of its potential.
It's not a "must read", but worthy of your time if you are a serious cricket fan.