Hands and Heals: The Autobiography by Ian Healy

By Ian Healy

This is often the tale of a larrikin child, born within the urban of Brisbane yet raised within the Queensland nation, who lived out his cricket dream and have become the best Australian keeper of all of them. within the seasons following Ian Healy's choice to the Australian part in 1988, he demonstrated a brand new regular for wicket-keeping.

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Hands and Heals: The Autobiography

This is often the tale of a larrikin child, born within the urban of Brisbane yet raised within the Queensland kingdom, who lived out his cricket dream and have become the best Australian keeper of all of them. within the seasons following Ian Healy's choice to the Australian part in 1988, he tested a brand new ordinary for wicket-keeping.

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Greg Chappell, Jeff Thomson, everyone. The players, the biggest thing to ever hit town in my eyes (and many others’, too), took part in some coaching clinics on both mornings and then played a two-day selection trial. I was supposed to be a scoreboard attendant for the entire weekend, but had to go home on the first night with hives after something dropped out of a tree and nailed me. Sadly, I was wheezing and sneezing, and couldn’t back up on the Sunday. Still, I had a field day on the Saturday.

Thanks, too, must go to Ian McDonald, for his help and prompt action with the Foreword. In writing Hands & Heals, one excellent resource was Heals’ first book, Playing For Keeps, which was published by Swan Publishing in 1996 and written with the help of Robert ‘Crash’ Craddock. Crash and Heals did an outstanding job with that book, and often as we flicked though its pages I had to accept that our job this time was not to try to outdo its paragraphs, but to match them. The photographs in Hands & Heals come from a variety of sources.

Up went my arm once more, again with most of the others. ’ This time, I was the only one who said yes, so I was the wicketkeeper for the Under 10s. It was more than simply a youthful desire to be everything that had me nominating for the keeping job in addition to seeking batting and bowling opportunities. My determination to be a gloveman had first been fired at the trials for the Callide-Dawson Under 11s rep team six months earlier. These tryouts took place when the only organised cricket I was involved in was with the Biloela Primary School or the occasional cameo as a very young substitute fieldsman in the men’s comp on Saturday afternoons.

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