‘What happens on tour sometimes needs to be told…’
As a cricket writer for over ten years, Andrew Ramsey’s job was to be on tour with the world’s greatest cricket team, in a decade when it had no peer. His book chronicles the privileges and pitfalls of a life spent trotting the globe, hanging out with sports stars, and being paid to watch cricket – an occupation regarded by countless cricket and travel fans as ‘the world’s best job’.
More than a tour diary or sanitised memoir, Andrew’s account delivers a rare insight into the off-field action, character and thoughts of some of the game’s all-time greats, including Stephen Waugh, Shane Warne, Ricky Ponting, Glenn McGrath, Adam Gilchrist and Brian Lara.
Within the players’ dressing room and on the team bus; at the bar, the breakfast table, and even in a haunted medieval castle; in England, the West Indies and India, as well as Sharjah, Bangladesh, Kenya and Hong Kong: Andrew gives us a ringside seat at some of the most memorable cricket events of the recent past, including the remarkable 1999 World Cup and Australia’s chaotic 2005 Ashes campaign.
THE WRONG LINE details the friendships and antipathies that exist between elite athletes and sports journalists. It examines the unique pressures that arise from delivering to daily major newspaper deadlines while living and working in myriad exotic locations, often travelling for months at a time, and with little more than a three-thumbed taxi driver for support.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
For twenty years, Andrew Ramsey worked as a daily newspaper journalist in Adelaide and Melbourne, with the final decade spent as a touring cricket writer for THE AUSTRALIAN. He has written about cricket for international publications, ghost-written columns for a number of international cricketers, and has covered some of the most memorable cricket series of the recent past, including Australia’s famous 1999 World Cup win and the historic 2005 Ashes series in England. He has also found himself uncomfortably close to numerous crowd riots, bomb threats and travel disasters. Since leaving journalism, he has worked as a political speech writer and at universities. He lives in Adelaide, South Australia.