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The Good, the Bad, and the Hilarious from the Commentary Box

The Good, the Bad, and the Hilarious from the Commentary Box

31st March 2022 | BBC Books | Hardback | £20.00 | 9781785947773

To coincide with their first ever Test Match Special live tour, a sparkling new collection of cricket tales from Aggers, Tuffers and the TMS Team.

‘It doesn’t take much for the greatest game on earth to lure kids in. A handed-down bat, a scuffed rubber ball, a stretch of garden or side street, your pal or a sibling, and suddenly a dramatic Test match is being fought in the gathering gloom with enough disputed lbws, marginal run outs and dodgy catches to sustain days of outrage and argument… You’ve discovered cricket and, once discovered, there’s no turning back.’ – Jonathan Agnew

Who played the best pranks on his fellow team-mates? Which member of the TMS team terrorised his teachers in the annual staff-pupil game? And what is the truth behind 'the greatest sporting commentary of all time'…?

Between them, Jonathan Agnew and Phil Tufnell have probably watched more cricket than anyone alive, and they have many stories to tell, both as players and as commentators for Test Match Special. From their days as schoolboy cricketers, learning the ropes, to the shenanigans of the county circuit, and now their careers as commentators, they have seen it all.

Joined by colleagues from TMS such as Isa Guha, Ebony Rainford Brent, Alison Mitchell, Carlos Brathwaite and Aatif Nawaz, Aggers and Tuffers share the highlights, mishaps and moments of brilliance and emotion that they have witnessed and experienced on pitches around the world.

About the authors

Jonathan Agnew is an English cricket broadcaster and a former professional cricketer. While still a player, Agnew began a career in cricket journalism and commentary. Since his retirement as a player, he has become a leading voice of cricket on radio, as the BBC Radio 5 Live cricket correspondent and as a commentator on Test Match Special.

Phil Tufnell is a former England cricketer and now television presenter. Recognised during his cricketing days as an orthodox spin bowler, Tufnell competed for Middlesex for 16 years until 2003 when he announced his retirement. During his time as a professional cricketer he played in 42 Test Matches and 20 One Day Internationals for England as well as completing in 316 First-Class Matches for Middlesex.