Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
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A well-travelled, veteran cricket writer with more than 54 years in journalism. New Zealand born and educated, the author of several books on cricket and has watched more than 200 Tests and 300 limited overs internationals as well as attended five World Cups. Has been a first-class umpire in South Africa.
During his journalist/newspaper career he has lived and worked in England, France, Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Rhodesia/Zimbabwe and has travelled extensively in Africa, UK and South Asia; his duties as a journalist include three months as a war correspondent in South Vietnam in 1965; also as a foreign correspondent in Cyprus during the efforts to turn the island into a Greek state in 1963. He started his career with the Manawatu Daily Times (Palmerston North – April 18 1955).
Born: May 20, 1935
Interests: Cricket, writing, human rights issues, music (from Bach and Beethoven to the Beatles), films, chess
Favourite teams: Titans (South Africa); Yorkshire, Central Districts (New Zealand)
Dislikes: All other sports; heavy metal and underground music; egotists, politicians, administrators with hidden agendas; human rights abusers.
Writing influences: Mahatma Ghandi, Johann von Goethe, Plato, Hermann Hesse, John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, Paulo Coelho
Currently resides in: Sri Lanka
Books: Cricket Captains of South Africa (editions 1994 and 2003 – revised and updated) joint author Jackie McGlew (Zebra Press)
Fanie de Villiers: portrait of a fast bowler: biography (2003. Re-issued and revised/updated) 2005 (Penguin-India)
Run out at Edgbaston (Record of South Africa’s 1999 World Cup campaign) Zebra Press
Triple Centuries: Bert Sutcliffe, Kiwi batting hero (1964 AH and AW Reed)
Hansie Cronje: Cricket’s double cross (Ibis Press) –limited editon
Caribbean Safaris: South Africa’s first and second tours of the West Indies. (2001 – Ibis Press) –limited edition.
Chapters on Zimbabwe cricket:
1: A challenge almost won (2003) from Cricket Cultures in Conflict (Routledge)
2: New Kids on the block (2007) from Sports and Society (Routledge)
Sport in a Global Society 1: History and Growth (Cricket’s roots, the French connection and Commonwealth growth. A paper prepared for Caribbean Carnival conference, London, UK February 27/28, 2007) - (Routledge)
Interests: Cricket, history, current events, people, South African and South Asian affairs
Published writer: Yes