LIVERPOOL captain Steven Gerrard has derided his side as soft, while former boss Graeme Souness says they’re a lightweight shadow of last year.

    MILE Jedinak has become so integral to the Crystal Palace EPL survival cause that his impending absence for the Asian Cup has manager Neil Warnock worried.

    KURTLEY Beale has been dropped from the Wallabies team a day after it was revealed he was involved in a mid-air argument with a team official.

    BANNED Rabbitohs hooker Issac Luke will now be allowed on stage to be in the celebration photo with his teammates if they win Sunday’s grand final.

    ARSENE Wenger praised Danny Welbeck’s goal-scoring instinct after a maiden career treble in Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Galatasaray.

    MCC 175th Anniversary Gala - November 15, 2013

    Bradman at the MCG

    "Only Yesterday: Bradman at the MCG" front coverIt is a measure of the great man’s astonishing gifts that when author Alf Batchelder was asked for a few highlights from the research and writing of his book on Bradman at Melbourne, Only Yesterday, the print out ran to nine pages.

    “It would be difficult for the modern generation to comprehend The Don’s enormous popularity,” says Alf, “but the MCG has never had a bigger drawcard and probably never will. Lillee and Warne combined wouldn’t come close.

    “There were so many highlights. I was particularly interested in the pressures under which Bradman played. People might only see him play once a year, and everybody expected him to make a century whenever he came out to bat.

    “He had the Board of Control on his back over various issues and when Bodyline erupted the entire nation expected him to demolish it. In combination, that was a heavy load for a 24-year-old.”

    An MCC Library project published by Australian Scholarly, the Batchelder book fills many gaps in the reams of material written on Bradman. It is MCG-specific but his performances at Melbourne are set in the context of events surrounding him both nationally and overseas.

    Cricket buffs won’t be able to put the 350-page, generously illustrated book down.

    Members are offered a special price of $45, inclusive of GST and postage/delivery.

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