Norman O’Neill: Battling Great Expectations


by Brian O’Sullivan

During the late 1950s, Norman O’Neill re-excited Australian cricket, and Walter Hammond called him ‘the best batsman in the world since the Second World War’.

Gradually, though, the ‘second Bradman’ label induced nervous starts, while O’Neill became frustrated at not captaining his state, New South Wales. Knee injuries ultimately ended a brilliant career prematurely, at just 30. Here, for the first time, is a detailed analysis of a captivating batsman.

You can hear author Brian O’Sullivan discussing Norman O’Neill in a YouTube recording of a recent virtual meeting.

The book is also available in a discounted package with Mark Rowe’s Young Bradman.