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RULES, TERMINOLOGY AND TECHNIQUES. HISTORY OF THE GAME. MYSTERIES OF SCORING, CRYPTIC TERMS. BATTING, BOWLING AND FIELDING... ALL DISCUSSED.
In the second half of the 19th century Britain ruled the largest and most culturally diverse empire the world had ever seen, yet non-European faces were a rarity in all but the larger port cities. For the majority of Britons, the colonies were seen as distant and exotic outposts populated by natives who were frequently characterised as alien and uncivilised. Against this background, the arrival of a touring party of Australian Aborigines in 1868 caused something of a sensation. Initially viewed as a curiosity, they soon won the public over with their athleticism and demeanour. Over the following decades others followed in their footsteps; well off Parsee amateur enthusiasts in the 1880s, mixed race West Indian teams in the 1900s and the first Indian side composed of representatives of all her major communities in 1911. From the 1890s onwards the first individual Black and Asian players also began to appear for English club and county sides. They came from a wide range of backgrounds, some were princes others plantation workers, and their stories once they reached Britain were equally diverse. All of their stories are part of a tale in which cricket - that most English of institutions - became a catalyst for multi-cultural Britain and helped shape emerging national identities in the Commonwealth.
Over the years Australia has produced some of the greatest spin bowlers the world has seen. In The Magic of Spinwe meet more than forty masters of the art. They include Bill O'Reilly, who Sir Donald Bradman claimed to have been the greatest bowler of his experience; Clarrie Grimmett, arguably the 'father' of spin bowling in Australia; and the greatest spinner of the modern era, Shane Warne. The many other spin bowlers included in the book include Arthur Mailey, Don Blackie, Chuck Fleetwood-Smith, Jack Iverson, Richie Benaud, Jim Higgs, Tim May, Stuart MacGill and Nathan Lyon. Spin bowlers in cricket are masters at making the ball loop slowly through the air to confuse batsmen. Legends of the game know the magic combinations of top-spin, side-spin and off-spin necessary to fool the opposition. The Magic of Spin, dissects the various aspects of spin bowling through the stories of the bowlers themselves. In addition it includes the history and evolution of spin bowling: the wrong'un or googly was 'invented' by Bernard (BJT) Bosenquet; Grimmett 'invented' the flipper, the ball Warne in later years bowled so brilliantly; and Bill O'Reilly learned about spin bowling by watching Grimmett like a hawk in Test matches. The batsmen who have played the great spinners through the years will also help to explain the dark art of spinning. 'Spin bowling is magical and to a lot of people [a few batsmen included] a mystery.' - Ian Chappell
From English cricket's embarrassing failure at the 2015 World Cup to heart-stopping victory, Nick Hoult and Steve James vividly describe the team's dramatic journey from abject disappointment to lifting the trophy four years later. The date was Sunday 14th July and the venue was Lord's - the home of cricket - and the World Cup Final was arguably the greatest one-day match of all time. This book reveals how the team became the most aggressive limited-overs side in the world, led by their inspirational captain Eoin Morgan. It was his vision and determination to succeed that captured the imagination of the nation, lifted the side to No 1 in the rankings and favourites for their own World Cup. Hoult and James follow England's journey from Bangladesh to Barbados, from Melbourne to Manchester, attending press conferences, matches and net sessions that gave them unrivalled insight. They uncover details not previously revealed, through interviews and conversations with the leading figures involved. They also describe the meetings that took place to begin the one-day revolution that had been set in motion by the new director of cricket, Andrew Strauss, and captain Morgan. Morgan studied the All Blacks as he searched for a new team ethos that will be passed down to future generations of England players. They tell how the team dealt with the Ben Stokes court case, the sacking of Alex Hales for a drugs ban, and the inside track on innovative new strategies and tactics that helped them become the best in the world. There are reports from every match England played at the 2019 tournament, detailing every high and low, which includes profiles of the key men in the team. There are also details of the inspirational video shown to the team at their lowest ebb after defeat to Australia. The book reaches a climax with the Super Over showdown with New Zealand and the glorious aftermath of England's famous victory.
The Cricket World Cup in 2019 was the first to be held in England for 20 years and expectations were high. It did not disappoint. Over six weeks and 48 matches it showcased the best that the one-day game has to offer, with compelling individual performances and spellbinding matches - all culminating in England's unforgettable victory over New Zealand in the final. The Times England's World Cup gives you a chance to relive the drama as it happened with the best of cricket writers.
Legendary cricket broadcaster Henry Blofeld takes the reader on a journey from A-Z through the world of cricket. In his trademark charming style, Blowers goes through the alphabet, explaining some of the puzzling cricket terminology and regaling his favourite anecdotes from his fifty years in the sport, covering the most important moments in the sport's history as well as the most entertaining and amusing. The book will also contain a glossary for those who want to make sure they know their googlys from their bouncers. This gift book is perfect for fans of cricket who want to understand the sport from Henry's unique point of view, it is a humorous and entertaining jaunt through the cricket landscape.
In June 1928, the West Indies played their first Test match against a strong and confident England. The venue was the celebrated Lord's. It was a historic event best understood in terms of the decades it took to acquire first class recognition and international status. The team's arrival at the Test gates of Lord's, a generation before adult suffrage was the norm at home, was greeted in West Indian towns and villages as a moment of social liberation and a critical step in the journey to statehood. The cricket pioneers, furthermore, constituted the most powerful and only unifying symbol of the nation West Indians were just beginning to imagine. In an important way, then, this book is an account of a politically organised community seeking detachment from the colonial scaffold with all its intense desire and deep internal division. It sets out the seminal steps and stages of the journey. In addition, it provides an archive of the tour (thirty official matches including three Tests) in the form of Press reports and score sheets that transport the reader vividly to the scenes of that West Indies Beginning.
Based on research and experience in the construction, preparation and maintenance of pitch and outfield, this is a guide for improving the general standard of cricket surfaces at all levels of the game, from school level to national level. The pitch and field form the basis of a good game of cricket, but of all sporting surfaces, the cricket pitch is one of the most demanding to manage. The first challenge is to grow grass on heavy clay that is compacted and denied water for days on end until it resembles a strip of concrete. This is then subjected to the pounding of rock-hard cricket balls and the wear of bat and boot. The next challenge is to get the battered turf ready in time for the next game. The authors are currently cricket pitch consultants to the United Cricket Board of South Africa, and are actively involved in the preparation of fields for the Cricket World Cup in 2003. This book is a reference for all those involved in the game of cricket, from primary school to professional.
Here is the inside story of Fairfield Books: from its beginnings in the cricket coaching that the 45-year-old Stephen Chalke sought in the autumn of 1993 through the journeys around England and Wales that generated his first book 'Runs in the Memory' and on to the publication of 42 titles. The characters are recalled, the issues involved in creating books based on oral testimony considered, and the triumphs and disasters of small-scale publishing described. There are moments of great humour and harrowing tragedy, of unnerving encounters and unexpected revelations. 'Through The Remembered Gate' tells the story of a journey of discovery. Its author starts out with a desire to write but little knowledge of publishing, and with a love of cricket but no significant contacts in the game. By a series of accidents he becomes a chronicler of cricket's past and an established publisher of his own and others' books. Despite its moments of sorrow, it is a tale filled with joys. Into this rich mix the author adds a little of his own back story, revealing how these journeys into cricket's past have led him to see the world of his childhood with a fresh perspective.
Cricket 2.0 tells the story of how an old, traditional game was transformed by Twenty20 and how this format moved from being a gimmick to the face of modern cricket. The iconic captain Brendon McCullum, England's T20 visionaries Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler and Trinidad's Kieron Pollard and Sunil Nadine, who rose to become among the first T20 millionaires, explain how they shaped T20 - and how it shaped them. Test greats Rahul Dravid and Ricky Ponting recount what a sea-change T20 represented and decode T20 strategy. AB de Villiers explores the limits of modern batting. The Afghan phenomenon Rashid Khan shows that T20 superstars can now come from anywhere. Venky Mysore, the cricket revolutionary you have never heard of, reveals how the game is changing off the field. Told through compelling human-interest stories and featuring interviews with more than fifty players and coaches, Tim Wigmore and Freddie Wilde examine how a cocktail of globalisation, new aggressive tactics and huge investment are changing the sport faster than ever before, while analysing the myriad ways in which a traditional game has been revolutionised forever, both on and off the pitch. This is the extraordinary and previously misunderstood story of Twenty20 cricket - told by two people who have chronicled the revolution. Featuring forewords by Michael Vaughan and Harsha Bhogle, and exclusive interviews with figures including: - Eoin Morgan - Jos Buttler - Brendon McCullum - Rashid Khan - Kieron Pollard - Jason Gillespie - Ricky Ponting - Rahul Dravid - Venky Mysore, the boss of Kolkata Knight Riders - Shane Warne - Washington Sundar - Trevor Bayliss - Sunil Narine - Samuel Badree - Sandeep Lamichhane - Andrew Tye - Tom Moody