India is a fascinating and engaging place where cricket is a link between the social stratum of life. Alan Barons Crompton AO was the manager of the Australian team when they toured India in 1986. It was the early days of Australia’s rebirth as a cricket nation under the leadership of the outstanding player Allan Border, a cricketer who took all before him. The First Test of the series was in Madras – it ended in only the second tie in Test cricket history. There was controversy and courage in abundance and Alan Crompton was there to observe it all. This book looks at the Tied Test, the players and events of the tour, and the life and times of ‘Crommo’, gentleman of Australian cricket.

“To read more about the greatest cricket match I’ve seen was irresistible.” — MIKE COWARD

“The crowd went crazy. For some strange reason I looked at my watch — it was 5.19pm. I, along with the Australian players, Errol and Bob Simpson ran onto the field. All of us knew it was a tie … ” — ALAN CROMPTON

“Crommo was a remarkable man, both on the CA board and in his time at Sydney University Cricket and managing the Australian team. His love for the game and the players was large and obvious and in turn he was loved. At the board table he was intelligent, positive, honest, extremely detailed but at times a little verbose! Many a time he softened debate which may have been becoming harsh or difficult.” — MALCOLM GRAY

The Tied Test in Madras Controversy Courage and Crommo

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With Mark Burgess – Talent to Burn, Bill Francis continues his biographical journey covering New Zealand cricketers.
n 2019 he wrote Second Only to Bradman – The Life of Stewie Dempster, following on from earlier works on other prominent Kiwis Tom Lowry, Sydney Smith, Barry Sinclair and Bevan Congdon. Further biographies on Sir John Graham and Peter Montgomery have won wide acclaim.
This is his 13th book and seventh on cricket.
Bill Francis has an extensive background in broadcasting and is currently a Director of Radio New Zealand. He lives in Auckland with his wife Mary, has three married children and seven grandsons.