Spirit of Cricket
Reflections on Play and Life
Exploring the spirit of cricket, Brearley applies its sense of fairness beyond the letter of the law to broader issues such as racism and religion as well as to specific incidents including the recent ‘sandpaper’ affair in these insightful essays. He also highlights the significance of the notion for those involved in the sport and how it can alter long-held attitudes, such as his own opinion on Mankading.
A Corner of Every Foreign Field
Cricket's Journey from English Game to Global Sport
In this thought-provoking history, Tim Brook looks at how class, politics and imperialism have shaped cricket, from its origins in the Weald to its position as a global sport. He also considers the current status of the game following the changes made since Lord Woolf’s critical review of the ICC, and what the future might hold.
A Biography of Mike Brearley
Brearley is widely acknowledged for his exceptional leadership as a three-times captain of the England cricket team, despite some disappointing results as a player. This first biography explores the qualities that helped him get the best from his teams, including his innovative approaches and response to criticism, an interest in psychology, and his relationships with Boycott and Botham.
How to Play, Coach and Win
Written by an experienced cricket coach, this manual covers the basics of grip and stance before looking in detail at the different shots that can be played. The techniques are demonstrated in black and white photos, including some of professional cricketers in action, with a final section offering advice on advanced topics such as dealing with swing and spin bowling.
Over and Out
Albert Trott: The Man Who Cleared the Lord's Pavilion
Notable for the strength of his batting – he once struck a ball over the Lord’s Pavilion – as well as his skill as a bowler, Albert Trott was a hero of cricketing in the late 1890s before ill health contributed to his early retirement and suicide. Seeking to redress the neglect of Trott’s reputation, Steve Neal celebrates his achievements and his responses to the forces that influenced his career.
Wisden on Grace
In 1864, shortly after retiring from professional cricket, John Wisden published the inaugural volume of the famous Almanack that still bears his name; coincidentally, the same year saw WG Grace (1848–1915) first make his mark, with an innings of 170 for South Wales. This volume comprises notable scorecards from WG's long career and a selection of contemporary Wisden articles about the man it called 'the greatest of the world's cricketers'.
Wisden at the Oval
Since 1845 The Oval has played a vital role in cricket’s development, as the site of the first Test match in England, birthplace of the Ashes and backdrop to some of the sport’s greatest performances. This selection of articles illustrates how key moments beneath Kennington’s gasholders were reported in that other venerable cricket institution, Wisden’s Almanack. Forewords by former Surrey captains Micky and Alec Stewart.
In the Steps of a Legend
WG Grace earned a reputation for gamesmanship through his cricketing career, and his competitive attitude and ability to make money from the game set a pattern for sporting stars of the modern era. This tribute takes the form of a pilgrimage to locations important in WG's life, from his home village of Downend, near Bristol, to tours of North America and Australia; final years playing for London County at Crystal Palace; and Lord's, where the Grace Gates commemorate his achievements. Off-mint.
My Life and Times in Cricket
Chris Adams played a handful of Tests and One Day Internationals for England in 1989 and 1990 but it was on the county scene where he distinguished himself: as a leading run-scorer and championship-winning captain of Sussex in the 2000s. This autobiography reflects on his experiences in domestic and international cricket and his thoughts about coaching and captaincy.
A Reappraisal of English Cricket's Most Controversial Captain
This biography of one of England’s most controversial captains is based on interviews with Greig, his many colleagues and his rivals, and includes numerous photographs and statistics. The result is a balanced portrait of a brilliant cricketer whose legacy was tainted by the notorious ‘grovel’ and ‘Kamikaze’ comments and, arguably, by his role in enabling Kerry Packer’s WSC, which was a significant step toward today’s more commercialized sport.
Time to Talk
More interested in basketball than cricket when growing up in Antigua, Curtly Ambrose quickly rose through the ranks when he started to take the game seriously, establishing himself as the world’s leading fast bowler in the 1990s. His biography charts his meteoric rise and achievements in international cricket and reveals his opinions on the game, on his teammates and on Caribbean and sporting politics.
The Marvellous Life of Learie Constantine
Born in rural Trinidad in 1901 Learie Constantine was a dynamic all-rounder who helped to define the exuberant, aggressive style of West Indian cricket in the 1930s and was one of the first black cricketers to play in the English leagues. This biography tells the story of his remarkable achievements which, in later life, saw him winning a landmark discrimination case in London, qualifying as a barrister and becoming a politician, statesman and peer.
The Times on the Ashes
Covering Sport's Greatest Rivalry from 1877 to the Present Day
The Times reported on the first England-Australia Test in 1877, and has followed the action ever since. This collection features some of the best writing about cricket’s most memorable moments, from journalists including John Woodcock, Neville Cardus and the present correspondent Mike Atherton.
Third Man in Havana
Finding the Heart of Cricket in The World's Most Unlikely Places
Tom Rodwell, Chairman of the Lord's Taverners, spent six years running charity cricket tours to help disadvantaged young people in some of the world's poorest districts. This book recounts his amusing adventures, from playing in cricket-mad cultures in Sri Lanka and Jamaica to unlikely locations such as Cuba and Israel.
Can Anyone Hear Me?
Testing Times with Test Match Special on Tour
Peter Baxter first worked on Test Match Special in 1966 and produced the show for 34 years. His memoir recounts the technical and human problems of broadcasting from far-flung places, with anecdotes about an Indian commentary hut apparently devoid of radio equipment, and hitching a ride on England’s team bus, as well as stories about TMS stalwarts including Blowers, CMJ and Aggers. Slightly off-mint.
The Magic of Spin
Australia's Greatest Spin Bowlers
Covering 150 years, this volume profiles forty Australian cricketers who mastered the art of spin bowling. With personal and professional notes on players including Clarrie Grimmett – who pioneered the ‘flipper’ which Shane Warne perfected years later – Richie Benaud and Nathan Lyon, it traces how different types of spin evolved and the success each bowler achieved with the technique.
Cricket's Greatest Rivalry
A History of the Ashes in 12 Matches
Perhaps the longest-running rivalry in international sport, the Ashes continues to capture the public imagination. Simon Hughes takes a detailed look at 12 of the most significant series, including England’s miraculous comeback at Headingley in 1981, offering a broad view of their social context and atmosphere as well as notes on the players’ abilities and the all-important statistics and results.
The Immortals of English Cricket
Taking as a starting point the idea of an imaginary Test match, Bill Ricquier has chosen the ‘immortals’ discussed in this volume for their sustained achievement. He reviews the careers of eleven players, from Jack Hobbs to Ian Botham and James Anderson, with a page of statistics for each and black and white photographs showing them in action.
Paul Nixon: The Autobiography
Wicketkeeper-batsman Paul Nixon is among the most eccentric cricketers to play for England, Leicestershire or Kent. With forewords from Steve Waugh and Viv Richards, this frank, humorous account of his career addresses issues such as family tragedy, sledging, match-fixing and his battle with mental demons.