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The Hard Yards - Michael Yardy

The Hard Yards - Michael Yardy

All-rounder Michael Yardy is one of a select few Englishman to have won a global trophy, as part of the 2010 ICC World T20 squad, and his autobiography, The Hard Yards, is the story of his career.

While he reached the pinnacle of his sport in 2010, and led Sussex to domestic glory as well, Yardy did so while suffering from depression.

In 2011, he sought treatment and headed home from the World Cup in India, before making a comeback and playing on until 2015 when he retired from the game.

The Hard Yards is an autobiography with a difference as not only does it tell the story of Yardy's sporting journey, it also courageously details how he confronted his problems.

Now retired, he is studying for a degree in sports psychology, hoping to be able to help other athletes deal with the highs and lows of professional sport.

The book features Yardy's own account of the sacrifices he made to play the game, his mental illness and how he has learnt to live with it, and an account from his wife Karin about the impact it had on her and the family.


Mike Yardy joined Sussex in 1999 having graduated through the junior ranks and was part of a successful team that won three County Championships, three one-day titles and the Twenty20 Cup, captaining the team between 2009 and 2012.

He played for England 42 times in One-Day and Twenty20 International cricket, helping them win the ICC WT20 in 2010.

Now retired, he is studying for a sports science degree, teaches cricket at Hurtpierpoint College and coaches the Sussex Under-17s.

He lives in Brighton with his wife Karin and their three children.

Co-author Brian Talbot is Sussex-based cricket writer with nearly 30 years of experience in the game. This is his sixth book.


Hardcover: 288 pages     

Publisher: Pitch Publishing Ltd (14 May 2016)

ISBN-10: 1785311565      ISBN-13: 978-1785311567     

RRP: £18.99

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