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PublishedChurchill Press, December 2017
"The Doctor's In" - a unique phrase in the international language of cricket, that can signify only one Ground.
This pictorial essay delves into a feast of memorable matches, spells, innings, incidents and characters that have made the WACA Ground such a special venue to the game of cricket.
From the first visit of the MCC in 1907, to Australia reclaiming the Ashes in 2013, this book documents 48 moments curated within five chapters - Occasions, With Ball, With Bat, Theatre and Triumphs .
Barb takes care of the web orders here at Boffins, and is your contact for book club enquiries. She spends all her spare time curled up on the couch reading and for the last several years has reviewed books on the Afternoon Program on ABC radio Perth.
You can spend hours with your nose in this book. It’s jam-packed with memories for those who are cricket fans, great photos for the armchair historians, and wonderful nuggets of information. For instance, I had no idea that the first Ashes test match to be played at the WACA was in fact a women’s Ashes Test in 1958 - twelve years ahead of the men in 1970. I also didn’t know that the original site for the ground was where Elizabeth Quay now stands.
All the great players are in this book, with all the different forms of cricket represented as well as beautiful archival photos to accompany the text. It is a fabulous souvenir record of more than a century of cricket in Perth. Only one more Ashes Test will be played at the ground that has thus far seen eight Australian victories from twelve matches. Fingers crossed this last one will make it nine.