Mike Brearley on Cricket
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For this collection of essays, Brearley has gone through pieces he has written over the past four decades, elaborating on many of them, cutting or adding, according to his second thoughts presenting to the reader something that is more holistic, more synoptic, from distance and old age.
The portraits range from profiles of individuals (everyone from Jardine and Bradman to Alastair Cook and Ian Chappell) to profiles of hot issues such as race, prejudice, and depression. Brearley touches on everything from a Socratic enquiry into the nature of sport to the relationship between sport and psychoanalysis.
Mike Brearley OBE was educated at Cambridge, where he read Classics and Moral Sciences, and captained the university. He played for Middlesex County Cricket Club intermittently from 1961 to 1983, captaining the side from 1971 to 1982.
He first played for England in 1976 and captained the side from 1977 to 1980, winning 17 Test matches and losing only four.
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