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The All-Rounder and the Leg-Spinner

On Warne by Gideon Haigh Penguin, 2012, 224 pages, $35 The dust jacket of Gideon Haigh’s On Warne reminds us that the Australian once anointed Haigh “the finest cricket writer alive”. This was no fluke; the Guardian has applied the same appellation. It’s a fine tribute to a significant career and would fit nicely on a headstone. And yet, by the end of On Warne, the reader is left to wonder whether Haigh should be satisfied with it. For such is his talent that he is in danger of being typecast as a great cricket writer when he could very…

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