Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2007

Author: Matthew Engel

Publisher: Macmillan Pub Limited

ISBN: 9781905625024

Category: Reference

Page: 1664

View: 9557

Wisden 2007, the most up-to-date ever, reports on the whole of England's baffling winter tour: the disaster of the Ashes, and their improbable - almost impossible - triumph in the one-day series. Wisden gets behind the headlines, and asks what went wrong, and what went right. And the game's best writers cover the rest of the cricketing year too: all the stories you would expect, and some you wouldn't. . · Mike Atherton pays tribute to Shane Warne · Michael Parkinson recalls "t'greatest fast bowler", Fred Trueman · Ian Chappell, Simon Hughes and John Woodcock analyse The Ashes · Simon Barnes on The Leading Cricketer in the World · Clement Freud reports on The Day They Stopped Playing · Marcus Berkmann on cricket in mid-ocean PLUS · The Leading Cricketers of the World: A unique listing of the greatest players for each year since 1900 · Test Match Special at 50: Gillian Reynolds and Jim Maxwell salute a great radio institution. AND, the most puzzling question of all, Why do they keep getting injured? Wisden: the essential companion for every follower of cricket.

The Wisden Book of Test Cricket, 1877-1977

Author: Bill Frindall

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408127563

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 816

View: 1476

The Wisden Book of Test Cricket, first published in 1979, is well established as an invaluable and unique source of reference essential to any cricket library. This new volume includes full scorecards and match reports from 1877 to 1977. Originally edited by Bill Frindall, this new volume brings collectors' libraries up to date, ensuring they have a complete and accurate record - essential for any truly self-respecting cricket enthusiast.

Peter the Lord's Cat

And Other Extraordinary Obituaries from Wisden

Author: Gideon Haigh

Publisher: Aurum PressLtd

ISBN: 9781845131630

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 148

View: 8319

Published in collaboration with Wisden, publishers of the celebrated annual 'Wisden Cricketers' Almanack', this book presents a gallery of quixotic and eccentric cricketers as portrayed in their obituaries, edited by acclaimed cricket writer Gideon Haigh.

Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2017

Author: Lawrence Booth

Publisher: Wisden

ISBN: 9781472935199

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 1536

View: 9228

The most famous sports book in the world, Wisden Cricketers' Almanack has been published every year since 1864. Home to some of the finest sports writing of the year--from the likes of Lawrence Booth, Gideon Haigh, Rob Smyth, Patrick Collins, Simon Wilde, Osman Samiuddin, Tony Cozier, Benj Moorehead, Raf Nicholson and Dileep Premachandran--it includes the eagerly awaited Notes by the Editor, the Cricketers of the Year awards, and the famous obituaries. As always, it contains coverage of every first-class game in every cricket nation, and reports and scorecards for all Tests and ODIs, together with trenchant opinion, compelling features and comprehensive records.

Wisden Anthology 1978-2006

Cricket's Age of Revolution

Author: Stephen Moss

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408197855

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 1328

View: 9111

A definitive tome, essential to all cricket book collectors and Wisden readers. In the early 1980s Wisden published four anthologies that celebrated the best of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack stretching back to its first edition in 1864. Edited by the respected jazz musician, raconteur and cricket-lover, Benny Green, these volumes proved very popular. Wisden readers have long awaited a fifth, updated volume to cover the intervening period, marked by all-time greats like Viv Richards, Ian Botham, Richard Hadlee, Imran Khan, Sachin Tendulkar, Steve Waugh, Brian Lara and Shane Warne. The Wisden Anthology 1978-2006 meets this demand, though it does not follow the style of the Benny Green volumes. Rather than selecting random highlights, Stephen Moss has edited this anthology with the aim of painting a coherent picture of cricket's evolution over the past 30 years. Quite simply it is a story of revolution, beginning in Test cricket's centenary year when England regained the Ashes, Geoffrey Boycott scored his hundredth hundred, Ian Botham took five for 74 on debut, and Kerry Packer's millions ensured the era of deferential players earning a pittance was over for good. Thirty years on, for better or worse, cricket has changed radically. The top players form a highly paid elite who rarely venture beyond the international arena; television calls the tune; the political balance of power has shifted towards Asia; one-day cricket in coloured clothing is ubiquitous; and run-rates rise inexorably while batsmen tear bowlers to pieces as never before.To the gnarled old pros of the 1950s the game must be unrecognisable. A genuine revolution, charted in 40,000 Wisden pages over the past 30 years, is now distilled into a 1,280-page anthology that selects the matches, players, events and controversies which ushered the game into a brave new century.

The Wisden Collector's Guide

Author: Jonathan Rice,Andrew Renshaw

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408165279

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 368

View: 3108

The Wisden Collector's Guide is the definitive companion to one of the world's most important sporting publications. It begins with an overview of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, introducing the original John Wisden and describing the history of the publication. The next section contains highlights and information from each of the 147 editions, including bibliographic details (page extent, price, reprints etc), excerpts from the best articles, cricketers of the year, obituaries, and noteworthy events and matches. There is also additional information of interest to collectors and historical context in the form of news 'headlines' from each year. The guide concludes with a section dedicated to the serious collector. Covering everything from reprints to rebinds and from pagination to publishers, it is a vital resource for collectors. Affording a glimpse of the cricketing and historical landscape of the last 147 years, this is an accessible and fascinating volume for cricketing fans generally and a must-have item for Wisden collectors.

Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2018

Author: Lawrence Booth

Publisher: Wisden

ISBN: 9781472953551


Page: 1488

View: 7813

*Large format edition*In this 155th edition of the Almanack, we celebrate England�s spectacular win over India in the Women's Cricket World Cup. Anya Shrubsole helped to make history at Lord�s and now she becomes the first woman to feature on the front cover of the Almanack.Among the feature articles, Simon Wilde reflects on the passage to England's 1,000th Test, Harry Pearson celebrates 50 years of overseas players in the county game, and Tanya Aldred examines sexism in cricket. Mike Selvey looks at the psychology of the new-ball partnership, while Zafar Ansari explains why he gave it all up at the age of 25. Gideon Haigh has fun with cricketers and their mannerisms, and Andy Zaltzman hails James Anderson's ascent to 500 Test [email protected]

Engel's England

Thirty-nine counties, one capital and one man

Author: Matthew Engel

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 1847659284

Category: History

Page: 883

View: 1492

England, says Matthew Engel, is the most complicated place in the world. And, as he travels through each of the historic English counties, he discovers that's just the start of it. Every county is fascinating, the product of a millennium or more of history: still a unique slice of a nation that has not quite lost its ancient diversity. He finds the well-dressers of Derbyshire and the pyromaniacs of Sussex; the Hindus and huntsmen of Leicestershire; the goddess-worshippers of Somerset. He tracks down the real Lancashire, hedonistic Essex, and the most mysterious house in Middlesex. In Durham he goes straight from choral evensong to the dog track. As he seeks out the essence of each county - from Yorkshire's broad acres to the microdot of Rutland - Engel always finds the unexpected . Engel's England is a totally original look at a confused country: a guidebook for people who don't think they need a guidebook. It is always quirky, sometimes poignant and often extremely funny.

That’s The Way It Crumbles

The American Conquest of the English Language

Author: Matthew Engel

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 1782832629

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 219

View: 2458

Are we tired of hearing that fall is a season, sick of being offered fries and told about the latest movie? Yeah. Have we noticed the sly interpolation of Americanisms into our everyday speech? You betcha. And are we outraged? Hell, yes. But do we do anything? Too much hassle. Until now. In That's The Way It Crumbles Matthew Engel presents a call to arms against the linguistic impoverishment that happens when one language dominates another. With dismay and wry amusement, he traces the American invasion of our language from the early days of the New World, via the influence of Edison, the dance hall and the talkies, right up to the Apple and Microsoft-dominated present day, and explores the fate of other languages trying to fend off linguistic takeover bids. It is not the Americans' fault, more the result of their talent for innovation and our own indifference. He explains how America's cultural supremacy affects British gestures, celebrations and way of life, and how every paragraph and conversation includes words the British no longer even think of as Americanisms. Part battle cry, part love song, part elegy, this book celebrates the strange, the banal, the precious and the endangered parts of our uncommon common language.

Great Cricket Quotes

Author: David Hopps

Publisher: Robson

ISBN: 9781861059673

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 361

View: 892

From classic quotes from cricket legends and commentators to recent quotes from rising new stars such as Freddie Flintoff, this is a fully updated volume containing 16 pages of new quotations as well as anecdotes about England's Triumphant Ashes victory in 2005. It was probably when David Bairstow, the former Yorkshire and England wicketkeeper, belligerently informed him that he knew "three-tenths of seven-eights of sod all" that David Hopps realized that he had received his first contender as one of the most unforgettable cricket quotes of the 20th century. Cricket has long been treasured as the most literary of sports, but that is only a fraction of the story. This unrivalled collection, pieced together over the past 15 years, reveals the game not only for its intelligence and incisive writing but also for its wit, controversy, and plain-speaking. The greatest players, the most colorful characters, and the most famous conflicts are all brought to life in a book which provides an instant and engrossing flavor of cricket's journey through the last 100 years. There has never been a history quite like it. It contains classic quotations from cricket legends, as well rising new stars of the game injecting arrogance and spark to the traditional gentleman's sport.

The Wrong Line

Author: Andrew Ramsey

Publisher: HarperCollins Australia

ISBN: 1743097832

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

View: 6726

Contrary to the age-old sporting truism, what happens on tour sometimes needs to be told. 'For as long as the game of cricket has been played internationally, there have been journos "on the tour" ... Life on the road is tough. But as you are about to experience, it's bloody entertaining as well.' Adam GilchristCricket writer Andrew Ramsey's job was to be on tour with the world's greatest cricket team over a decade when it had no peer. tHE WRONG LINE chronicles the privileges and pitfalls of a life spent trotting the globe, hanging out with sports stars, and being paid to watch cricket - an occupation regarded by countless cricket and travel fans alike as 'the world's best job', even when it renders you alone and in peril with only a three-thumbed taxi driver for support.Set within the players' dressing room and on the team bus; at the bar, the breakfast table, and even in a haunted medieval castle; in England, the West Indies and India, as well as Sharjah, Bangladesh, Kenya and Hong Kong - tHE WRONG LINE gives you a ringside seat at some of the most memorable cricket events, including the remarkable 1999 World Cup and Australia's chaotic 2005 Ashes campaign. A tour diary unlike any you have ever read, it delivers a rare insight into the off-field life, character and thoughts of some of the game's all-time greats, including Stephen Waugh, Shane Warne, Ricky Ponting, Glenn McGrath, Adam Gilchrist and Brian Lara.'this is the cricket book of the summer. You won't find an account of the game its main players told in this way anywhere else. It's a refreshing change, and one well worth the read.' - LAUNCEStON EXAMINER

Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2004

Author: Matthew Engel

Publisher: Macmillan Pub Limited

ISBN: 9780947766849

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 1648

View: 2215

Wisden Cricketer's Almanack has been published every year since 1864. The 141st edition of Wisden will introduce a range of new features designed to make sense of the cricketing year in a world where England players are branded losers one week and comeback heroes the next. It will include full profiles of the leading players in England and abroad and for the first time, and will name the traditional Five Cricketers of the Year. Wisden 2004 will pay affectionate tribute to Sussex, champions at last, and take a nostalgic look at the genteel world of country house cricket. More up-to-date than ever before, Wisden will include full coverage of all the major cricket in 2003.

Eleven Minutes Late

A Train Journey to the Soul of Britain

Author: Matthew Engel

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0230740413

Category: Transportation

Page: N.A

View: 2161

Britain gave railways to the world, yet its own network is the dearest (definitely) and the worst (probably) in Western Europe. Trains are deeply embedded in the national psyche and folklore - yet it is considered uncool to care about them. For Matthew Engel the railway system is the ultimate expression of Britishness. It represents all the nation's ingenuity, incompetence, nostalgia, corruption, humour, capacity for suffering and even sexual repression. To uncover its mysteries, Engel has travelled the system from Penzance to Thurso, exploring its history and talking to people from politicians to platform staff. Along the way Engel ('half-John Betjeman, half-Victor Meldrew') finds the most charmingly bizarre train in Britain, the most beautiful branch line, the rudest railwayman, and - after a quest lasting decades - an Individual Pot of Strawberry Jam. Eleven Minutes Late is both a polemic and a paean, and it is also very funny.

Tickle the Public

One Hundred Years of the Popular Press

Author: Matthew Engel

Publisher: Victor Gollancz

ISBN: 9780575061439

Category: British newspapers

Page: 352

View: 7212


The Toughest Tour

The Ashes Away Series: 1946 to 2007

Author: Huw Turbervill

Publisher: Aurum Press Limited

ISBN: 178131196X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 288

View: 5267

DIV The Ashes away series is without doubt the toughest test of an English cricketer’s career. From the ageing team of the first post-war tour, landing at Fremantle after three weeks at sea in a Ministry of War transport carrier, to the ‘whitewash’ of 2006-7, when England fell like rabbits caught in Shane Warne’s headlights, Australian soil has played host to some of English cricket’s most gruelling nadirs – but also some of its most glorious and infamous highs. In this unique oral history, drawn from dozens of original interviews with the surviving tourists, the Telegraph’s Huw Turbervill chronicles sixty years of England down under, recreating the greatest moments of every tour since the end of the Second World War through the words of the players who witnessed them and who made them happen. Whether reliving, with Alec Bedser, England’s dismay at Don Bradman’s shock reprieve on 28 in the first Test at Brisbane in 1946 (he went on to 187); wincing with Frank ‘Typhoon’ Tyson as he describes the moment he was bowled to the ground, unconscious, at the second Test in Sydney in 1954 – only to exact a furious and victorious revenge; or rejoicing with John Emburey and Chris Broad as England confound their critics to prove they really can bat, bowl and field, during the first Test upset of 1986, The Toughest Tour is a constantly entertaining, often heartfelt and sometimes shamelessly partisan account of six decades and sixteen tours of cricket’s most compelling rivalry. /div

The Cricket War

The Story of Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket

Author: Gideon Haigh

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 147295064X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 368

View: 6302

One of The Times' 50 Greatest Sports Books In May 1977, the cricket world awoke to discover that a thirty-nine-year-old Sydney Businessman called Kerry Packer had signed thirty-five elite international players for his own televised 'World Series'. The Cricket War is the definitive account of the split that changed the game on the field and on the screen. In helmets, under lights, with white balls, and in coloured clothes, the outlaw armies of Ian Chappell, Tony Greig and Clive Lloyd fought a daily battle of survival. In boardrooms and courtrooms Packer and cricket's rulers fought a bitter war of nerves. A compelling account of the top-class sporting life, The Cricket War also gives a unique insight into the motives and methods of the man who became Australia's richest, and remained so, until the day he died. It was the end of cricket as we knew it – and the beginning of cricket as we know it. Gideon Haigh has published over thirty books, over twenty of them about cricket. This edition of The Cricket War, Gideon Haigh's first book about cricket originally published in 1993, has been updated with new photographs and a new introduction by the author.

Mystery Spinner

The Life and Death of an Extraordinary Cricketer

Author: Gideon Haigh

Publisher: Aurum Press Limited

ISBN: 1845138414

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 376

View: 1114

DIV It is no mystery that today the name of Jack Iverson is virtually unknown. For most of his life he was an unexceptional estate agent in Australia. He died in obscurity, by his own hand, at the age of only 58. He was a clumsy fielder, and a hopeless batsman. But for four years he was the best spin bowler in the world. The story of Jack Iverson is one of the most remarkable in the history of cricket. ‘Every now and then,’ wrote one journalist, ‘there comes a man who can do the right thing the wrong way round.’ Iverson took up cricket, at the advanced age of 31, as capriciously as he left it – joining a club 3rd XI in Melbourne one day, and instantly announcing himself as the most prodigious and improbable spinner of a cricket ball. Using a unique technique he appears to have perfects with a ping-pong ball during wartime service in Papua New Guinea, he doubled back his middle finger and found he could bowl leg breaks, top spinners and googlies, every one dropped on a perfect length and impossible to pick. Within four years he was bowling the Australian Test side to victory over England in the Ashes series of 1950-51. Then, in his moment of triumph, he retired from international cricket, and was never the same bowler again. Mystery Spinner is more than that beautifully written life of an elusive and forgotten hero who, after his brief burst of celebrity, has left strangely little trace in posterity. It is also the utterly compelling story of Gideon Haigh’s quest to solve the enduring riddle of Jack Iverson’s life – a quest which led him across Australia following tenuous clues in school registers and county records. And above all it is a moving study, for an age that presumes sporting prowess to be the ultimate definition of personal identity, of how skill is only half the battle in sport, and how it takes an extraordinary individual to cope successfully with extraordinary achievement. /div

Crickets Burning Passion

Author: Scyld Berry,Rupert Peploe

Publisher: Methuen Publishing

ISBN: 9780413776631

Category: Cricket captains

Page: 205

View: 6770

'Cricket's Burning Passion' is at once an historic account of the very first Ashes tour and a love story involving England's aristocratic cricket captain and a young Australian piano teacher.

Coming Back To Me: The Autobiography of Marcus Trescothick

Author: Marcus Trescothick

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007302118

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 384

View: 1597

A true-life sporting memoir of one of the best batsman in the game who stunned the cricket world when he prematurely ended his own England career. Trescothick’s brave and soul-baring account of his mental frailties opens the way to a better understanding of the unique pressures experienced by modern-day professional sportsmen.