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Ashley Mallett

Ashley Mallett was an Australian Test cricketer for ten years, international cricket coach, trained journalist and author of more than twenty-four books but above-all he is a natural story-teller. A noted humorist with a dry wit, his stories abound...

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Ashley Mallett's Biography

Ashley Mallett was an Australian Test cricketer for ten years, international cricket coach, trained journalist and author of more than twenty-four books but above-all he is a natural story-teller. A noted humorist with a dry wit, his stories abound in his many books and articles. Ashley Mallett is a name synonymous with cricket in Australia. He is Australia's most successful spinner after Richie Benaud and before Shane Warne, playing Test cricket, from 1968-1980. Ashley realised his ambition of 100 wickets in just 23 Tests, the same number of Tests it took Shane Warne to reach that milestone.
He resurrected interest in spin bowling by presenting a national spin bowling coaching program, Spin Australia. This program was the first to recognise the brilliant potential of Shane Warne. Ashley has coached Warne and all other prominent spin blowers of the past 20 years in Australian cricket.
In August, 1992, he organised the World’s First All Spin Match, which was held in Alexandria, a teaming black township on the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa.
In 2001 at the age of 55 he played for the Prime Minister’s Eleven against the ATSIC Chairman’s Eleven in Canberra, just to get to the match because the event was crucial to his book on the Aboriginal Cricket Team, which became Australia’s first team to tour England in 1868.
In April, 2006, Ashley was in Colombo for three weeks, stage one of a three-year plan to establish a spin bowling academy for the Sri Lanka Cricket Board.
Ashley’s recent best-seller, Chappell Speaks Out, (Allen & Unwin) contains many stories of Ian Chappell’s days as a cricketer, commentator and a champion of the people, fighting the Federal Government on its stance against Asylum Seekers and gaining official recognition of the 1868 Australian Aboriginal Cricket team.
Ashley can elaborate on Chappell’s clashes with Sir Donald Bradman and Ian Botham, his thoughts on Steve Waugh, Allan Border, Mark Taylor and Shane Warne. He talks of hilarious incidents in many of his four tours of England, where he stood on the Royal Corgi at Buckingham Palace and told the Queen “that was the first leg break you’ve seen in this country for twenty-five years”. She was not amused.
Ashley also uses a mix of humor and seriousness to talk about his own devils which haunted him during his Test playing days. Ashley suffered from panic attacks and the mental fatigue of getting through just one session on the field in a Test match was exhausting. The attacks finally stopped and Ashley now knows why they began and how they stopped. He never sought treatment or therapy as he thought if the authorities knew one of their men had this condition he would never have played the game.

Speaking Topics Include

Panic attacks throughout a Test career of 12 years
Spin bowling at the top
The mind games at international level
The stories at the top