As flagged when I set up this blog, I’ll chuck up what I think are some promising ideas that I know I will never pursue.
Just found this outline from 2007 when looking for a story on Billy Midwinter… anyway, anyone wants to have a crack or collaborate, go for it/let me know…
The Executioners – a history of Australian test selectors, and their selections (maybe “The Kiss of Life and Death” is more marketable,a it Drusilla Modjeska meets a Flanagan?)
* intro piece – the rise of “tenure” among players – and selectors. what if a coup – players sacking the selectors. 11/11/1975 etc etc. how it works in other countries.
1. Australian test selection – history and process. Home, and away.
2. Key personalities
3. Their playing records
4. Patterns – bowlers picking bowlers; states etc
5. Ranking – based on results of dropped/picked players. a selection index?
6. List of all Australian interventions post-WWII. categorise into retirement, injury, pitch conditions; dropping; retirement (forced and voluntary). who was picked -average length in game, age, recall, how long they lasted etc Timeline.
7. Pen pictures – 20 executions and 10 beatifications:
Bichel 2004 (and Brad Williams?)
Slater x 2
Wood 88-9 (nice piece comes up on cricinfo about Woody)
Yardley and Higgs 81
Hookes 79-80 (scored 43 and 37 against Windies – dropped!)
Miller (SA tour?)
also touch on Taylor, S Waugh and Hayden in ODI, maybe Yardley and World Cup 83
T Chappell, Beard, Bright, Wellham, Kent 81
(allowances will be made for depletion during WSC and SA rebel tours – so picking Hibbert and Kerr and Mann etc will not feature. the changeability in those times will be critiqued in 6 above.)
for these pen pictures, thinking lots of “reaction” – photos of headlines, quotes etc -and interview with the selectors (if alive) and players, to see how the news was communicated, how they felt, what info was given etc etc. and how long it took to get over it etc.
am thinking low production format, but lots of graphs and b/w pictures – like that ABC stat book I still have that you must read. maybe 240 pages.
can either be functional (as above) or just a historical narrative – so we deal with 1946-64, say, as one long piece, add all of the relevant bios from above for that era are discussed within it. maybe a “start writing and see” issue?