Almost 40 years ago, there were two national Australian cricket teams: the glamorous, ‘rock-star’ players of World Series Cricket run by media mogul Kerry Packer; and the traditional Australian Test team made up of young poorly paid men who represented their country in the establishment international Test arena.

Laurel, Gary and Mark caught up with the man who has now chronicled that time in sport, Barry Nicholls, ahead of the Ashes tonight.

In his book the former cricketer, now radio journalist and sportswriter sets the record straight and fills in the gaps by tracking down and holding honest, forthright conversations with those once-young men known as the Establishment Boys.

His new book is available now, called The Establishment Boys.

Photo: Australian Cricket Team via Getty

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