Sex & Drugs & Rebel Tours explores the highs and lows of the 1980s England cricket team in a decade of triumph, tribulation, controversy and confusion.
Tossell’s book looks back at a period of English cricket that was anything but docile, comparing the success and the humiliation that England faced during this period. Be it Botham’s Ashes heroics of 1981 and Gatting’s victorious tour of 1986-7, or be it the humiliation suffered on and off the pitch through scandals, disputes and selection; Tossell’s book investigates all aspects of one of the most chaotic periods in English cricket history.
Whilst being a decade for English supremacy in the Ashes and a World Cup final appearance in India, Tossell looks at how a period of dominance was quickly altered by two 5-0 series defeats to the West Indies, fines for bad behaviour and an eternal change to press-player relationship.
Through various interviews with many of those involved in the success and the scandal, Sex & Drugs & Rebel Tours tells the story of a team at times united and at other times in disarray.
David Tossell is the author of twelve previous books, five of which have been short-listed in the British Sports Book Awards, and he has twice been short-listed for the MCC Cricket Society Book of the Year. A sports journalist for more than three decades, David is currently head of European Public Affairs for the NFL (National Football League).
Published: March 2015