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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.
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.
Few things are as evocative of the English summer as Test Match Special, and in 2019 the team had the biggest cricket season ever to cover, with the men's and women's Ashes series and the ICC World Cup all taking place. The action didn't disappoint, as TMS listeners tuned in to follow some of the most exciting action you could wish for. Now, in this brilliant and compelling account of the summer, we get to see behind the scenes to find out what really goes on in the commentary box. As well as covering all the key events on the field to ensure the reader can relive a brilliant summer, the Test Match Special Diary takes the reader to the heart of the action to join Aggers and the rest of the crew. Relive the stunning drama of England's nailbiting World Cup victory in a Super Over, or Ben Stokes's match-winning innings to save the Ashes at Headingley, and find out how the commentary team coped as the tension mounted during some of the greatest games in cricketing history. As well as the cricket, we get to hear from the guests who inspired them and about the cakes that were irresistible; the bloopers that had them in stitches to the incredible moments that will never be forgotten - it's all here in this fascinating book. Filled with contributions from all the regulars in the TMS commentary box, including Jonathan Agnew, Geoffrey Boycott, Isa Guha, Alison Mitchell, Phil Tufnell and Michael Vaughan, along with some of the most obscure cricketing trivia from scorers Andrew Samson and Andy Zaltzman, this is a book that no fan of Test Match Special can be without.
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
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.
'excellent . . . both breezily engaging, and full of the format's latest, best and nerdiest thinking' - Gideon Haigh 'An invaluable guide by two smart young writers to the story of T20 cricket, to the strategies that underpin it and to the players who have made the format' - Mike Atherton, The Times 'the first essential study of the T20 game, studded with analysis and big-name interviewees' - Wisden 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 Narine, 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. One of Wisden Cricket Monthly's books of the year, 2019 'A fascinating insight into how the newest format has impacted on the game at every level including Test cricket. Essential reading for T20 fans and traditional followers' - Scyld Berry, The Telegraph 'Cricket 2.0 is the definitive book for those looking to understand the T20 format - both on and off the pitch' - Nasser Hussain 'A lucid and thoughtful guide to the T20 phenomenon' - The New Statesman 'Wigmore and Wilde take us on an absorbing ride . . . well written, some of their revelations come with the startling force of unexpected thunder on a still night' - Suresh Menon, The Hindu 'Tim and Freddie are the torchbearers of tomorrow, we must listen to them' - Harsha Bhogle, CricBuzz
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.
Old friends and Test Match Special colleagues, Henry Blofeld and Peter Baxter had many outrageous tales of life in and around the radio cricket commentary boxes of the world. So in 2012, the two embarked on a tour that saw them take their hilarious stories onto the stage in a two-man show. They soon found themselves treading the boards in the West End, at the Edinburgh Fringe, and travelling as far afield as Australia. The extraordinary characters who inhabited that commentary box - quite apart from the remarkable Blowers himself - featured prominently. There was the ebullience of Brian Johnston; the enormous thirst of John Arlott; the eternal scattiness of Christopher Martin-Jenkins; the mischief of Jonathan Agnew and a host of other walk-on parts. On the Boards with Blowers looks behind the scenes of creating this unique show, as well as regaling readers with many of the side-splitting tales themselves. It is a book to be enjoyed by cricket fans and the general public alike.
The state and status of cricket in British national life has always been a cultural bellwether and this has never been more true than today. Since England regained the Ashes in 2005, to a crescendo of popular interest and acclaim, cricket has been in notable decline, in terms of public awareness and participation. Based on extensive empirical research, this book investigates this decline and assesses the winners and losers, as well as neglected groups such as Afro-Caribbean and Asian communities. It considers the international context and offers comparisons with other cricketing nations, offering a unique perspective on the cultural, social and political condition of modern Britain.