"The secret is communication; the unique ability of radio to reach out and touch someone in a way
that television never can. There is something very intimate about listening to cricket commentary
through earphones in the depths of a winter’s night. We transport you to distant places across the
globe where the sun is always shining and England are playing cricket."
The long and rich history of Test Match Special has been captured in this BBC Book full of some of its greatest moments from more than 50 years of broadcasting.
Witty sayings, bons mots, double entendres, wise words and priceless moments from the TMS team past and present are included.
The book features everything from classic Test moments to funny asides from the boundary and is beautifully illustrated throughout.
England v Australia, Lord’s July 2009, Matt Prior has just been comprehensively bowled by Australia’s Mitchell Johnson
Phil Tufnell: He’s been feng shui’d.
Christopher Martin Jenkins: What do you mean, feng shui’d?
PT: He’s had his furniture rearranged.
Sri Lanka v England, 2011
Simon Mann: You must have put a few spectators to sleep in your time, Geoffrey?
Geoff Boycott: Yeah, but I were still battin’ when they woke up!
Dan Waddell is a journalist, novelist and author. He covered two seasons of county cricket for the Daily Telegraph and his books include Who Do You Think You Are? and Field of Shadows: The Remarkable True Story of the English Cricket Tour of Nazi Germany, 1937. He captains Acton 2nd XI in the Middlesex County League where he tries and fails to pass on sage advice to young players.
21st May, BBC Books