Compared to the controversies of contemporary cricket – ridden as it is with matchfixing, gambling, cheating and national politics - most people think of the early days of Test cricket as a time of gentlemanly competition and camaraderie, with any disputes settled by Queensberry Rules over a glass of port. Not so.
Cricket between the 1870s and 1914 was fraught with exactly the same bitter, vicious and greedy bad behaviour as the current game. It was cricket in the raw, explored in depth for the first time by the insightful eye of Malcolm Knox, with a genuine affection for the legends of the day – players like WG Grace, Fred Spofforth, Victor Trumper, Joe Darling and Stanley Jackson.
We have two copies of Never A Gentleman's Game to give away, Malcolm Knox's book on the period above which has been shortlisted for the 2013 MCC Book Of The Year award.
Simply correctly answer the question and enter your contact details below for your chance to win a copy. Usual Cricket World competition terms and conditions apply and the competition will close on 31st May 2013.