In the Firing Line by Ed Cowan

In the Firing Line

By Ed Cowan

  • Release Date: 2011-11-01
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
Score: 4.5
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Ed Cowan, opening left-hand batsman for Tasmania, has always been a bit of a scribbler. It started with to-do lists and notes to self, but then he started keeping a cricket diary – a ‘batting bible’ with thoughts on the game, other players, motivational philosophies and records of performances. The diary has become so much a part of his routine that he admits to being a little upset if he can’t see it in his cricket bag. Other cricketers have found the habit a little odd. But for Cowan it’s been a way of keeping an uncluttered head and making sense of the game. In the Firing Line, based on the diary Cowan kept while playing his second season for Tasmania over the summer of 2010-11, reveals with intelligence and a touch of humour the excruciatingly shaky position of the domestic cricket player. It’s far from the glamour of playing for Australia and uncomfortably close to the long drop to amateurism, yet every match is rife with the possibility of being discovered and propelled into international stardom in the baggy green.


  • Great Pre-Season Read

    By wesfm
    A great insight into the thoughts of a professional cricketer (batsman). Provocative and inspiring, in that it has had me analysing and extending my cricketing life. Ready for another season!
  • Awesome

    By Country fan Ozzie Ozzie
    Great book and really allows you inside a pro cricketers mind day in and day out.. Loved it, couldn't put it down
  • Brilliant

    By Gfunktoasteater
    A must read for cricket fans. Honest and frank account of the life of a domestic cricket.
  • Brilliant Read!

    By Cheyno_8
    Thoroughly enjoyed the book - almost felt like I was reading thoughts and anecdotes from a cricketing kindred spirit in many ways. Great work, Ed!!
  • Cb

    By Cb4711
    Good read interesting considering this years events
  • Enjoyable read

    By Bourney70
    I thoroughly enjoyed this insight into the life of a professional cricketer. The emotion of the highs and lows came across well. Now he has made his test debut will there be another diary.
  • Great

    By Chock?43
    Thank you Ed! Loved it great insight into a state cricketer! Hopefully higher honorers for you soon!
  • A must

    By sparkycameron101
    A must read for anyone interested in the world of professional cricket
  • Not to be missed

    By Aaron tas
    Brilliant diary! Congrats Ed and thanks for sharing this with us!