As England play their 1,000th Test Match, Simon Wilde, along with Simon & Schuster the publishers, have produced an immense work, creating a first definitive history of the England cricket team, charting the early days from a nomadic existence to being administered by the MCC to historic tensions between amateurs and professionals, and the team’s modern battles for independence from the counties and control of players tempted to put cash-rich Twenty20 leagues before country.
From Douglas Jardine’s controversial Bodyline series bowling and the time-wasting of Len Hutton and Peter May, Gentlemen v Players, to Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower’s love of data analysis, as well as the recent white-ball revolution. The Basil D’Oliveira and Kevin Pietersen affairs and the Kerry Packer breakaway along with the Stanford 20/20 for £20 Million fiasco, all are given their place in this rich tapestry that is the story of English cricket.
If you love cricket, whether you are an English fan or not, it is a fabulous book and a must read.
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