Cricketer, councillor, administrator, visionary … they are all part of Colin McDonald’s considerable C.V. A schoolboy star from Scotch College, he played Test cricket for a decade from 1952 onwards. A former Melbourne Cricket Club premiership captain, he averaged just on 40 as an opening batsmen in 47 Test matches. Fifty years ago this year he was world cricket’s No. 1 ranking batsman, having made back-to-back Ashes centuries against old enemy England. This memoir also tells of McDonald’s pivotal role in the building of Australia’s Grand Slam tennis centre, now known as Rod Laver Arena. It relates his time as a Melbourne City councillor and of his conscience regarding the injustices of apartheid during both his roles as a cricketer and senior tennis administrator. Richie Benaud contributes the Foreword.
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