A Flick Of The Fingers relates the remarkable story of Surrey’s youngest ever centurion and England’s youngest Test player, all-rounder Jack Crawford. The book follows Crawford’s life from the breaking of Repton’s batting and bowling records, to his last hurrah against the all-conquering Australian tourists, and countless moments in between.
After the remarkable discovery of a collection of scrapbooks and memorabilia, Michael Burns has been able to retell the story of a young schoolboy whose talent and controversy took Edwardian cricket by storm. The book looks at how the boy who became a centurion at 19 years and 32 days of age ended up being handed a life ban by his County and all of the controversy that followed.
Burns explores the events of the astonishing life and career of Crawford, who had the ability to become one of the all-time greats in terms of England all-rounders, on a par with Grace and Botham. With emigration to Australia, serious illness and the avoidance of combat in the Great War; A Flick Of The Fingers details the controversial life and career of one of the most promising English cricketers of all time.
As a filmmaker, Michael Burns has produced nine cricket films, while he is also the author of a centenary history of his local club, Malden Wanderers, and articles for Wisden Cricket Monthly and the MCC Magazine. A Gentleman Cricketer, one of the four documentaries Michael has made for MCC, won the 2008 Cricket Society Media Award.
Published: March 2015