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Twelve Summers: It’s tough being an Aussie cricket fan

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“I was 12 when I realised I’d never play for Australia, which is obviously too young to take on that kind of grief. But since that day I vowed to become the best fan of Australian cricket I could be.”

And, so began Adam Zwar’s commitment to his beloved sport – from the stands. 

The Australian funnyman has compiled his biggest cricket memories into a 300-page book, set to bowl over cricket fans when it is released in December.

Twelve Summers tells the story of some of Australian cricket’s biggest matches, told from Zwar’s unique vantage point.

For the actor and writer, most noted for his comedy series Wilfred, every memorable moment in his life is tied to cricket.

Adam Zwar

“Cricket was a sanctuary – the commentators were my rogue uncles and the players, my big brothers,” he said.

“I’ve supported the national team through Underarm, Homeworkgate, Sandpapergate… all the gates. And I’ve compromised my health and career by staying up late and watching them play all over the world. 

“But as much as I’ve supported the various generations of players, they’ve also supported me. Australian cricket has always been a banister to hold onto regardless of what emotional turmoil has been going on in my life. And this book is a tribute to that.”

Zwar recalls in detail where he was during “the disaster that was the 2013 Ashes” – he was making a documentary about bodyline and filming a stunt that involved Brett Lee bowling bouncers to him while he wasn’t wearing a helmet. Matthew Hayden warned him not to do it, but the cameras were set up. What was he going to do – say no?

When Australia A nearly upset Australia in the 1995 World Series Cup and the players were rebelling against officials, Zwar was working as a driver for an escort agency in Melbourne.

And when Australia v India in 2001 – Zwar was stuck in a hotel with AC/DC.

This is not Zwar’s first foray into the publishing of cricket tales, he has also presented and produced the cricket documentaries Underarm: The Ball That Changed Cricket and Bodyline: The Ultimate Test, as well as hosting the podcast 10 Questions.

Twelve Summers can be pre-ordered through Hachette Publishing now.

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