Cricketing Allsorts: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly (and The Downright Weird)

Cricketing Allsorts: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly (and The Downright Weird)

by Jo Harman (Editor)


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More than any other sport, cricket highlights our peculiarities and quirks, our strengths and weaknesses – sporting or otherwise. It welcomes all-comers, no matter what their quirks or achievements. Cricketing Allsorts celebrates those oddities and records, and offers a lively portrait of the game and its players in all their glory and eccentricity.

Presented in the form of 'top ten' lists and illustrated with photographs from through the ages, Cricketing Allsorts covers all aspects of the game, both on and off the field. It guides us through topics such as:
- the top cricketing love affairs, featuring Keith Miller and Princess Margaret
- the greatest bowing partnerships, including Wasim & Waqar, Laker & Lock and Ramadhin & Valentine
- the best fictional cricketers, including Hooker Knight and Flashman
- the most brutal bowling spells, as Donald roughs up Atherton and Ambrose mauls England
- the game's most iconic fashion statements, such as Clive Lloyd's glasses and Gower's blue socks
- the greatest dynasties, including the Cowdreys and the Pollocks
- the most memorable sixes, featuring Dhoni, Sobers and Albert Trott
- the most unlikely cricket fans, such as Barack Obama, Roger Federer and the Taliban.

An engaging, witty and affectionate look at all things cricket, Cricketing Allsorts is the ultimate book for anyone who wants to know anything and everything about the game, and the perfect gift for any cricket fan.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472943446
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 07/18/2017
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jo Harman is deputy editor of All Out Cricket magazine and former editor of The Cricketers' Who's Who. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

The Good

Epic Count Championship Seasons 3

Leaves and Leavers 9

Bumble's Greatest Umpires 13

Ashes Catches 19

Lone Rangers 25

Forgotten Gems 31

Memorable Sixes 37

England's Greatest Uncapped Players 41

Dynasties 47

Irresistible Comebacks 57

Bowling Partnerships 63

Cricketing Love Affairs 69

Soldiers 75

The Bad

Village Moments 81

Unfortunate England Careers 87

Notorious Drops 93

Accursed Gongs 99

Worst Overs 105

Nightmare Seasons 109

Bunnies 115

The New Bothams 119

Ugly Ducks 125

Run Out Ninety-Nines 131

The Ugly

Infamous Interviews 137

TV Vehicles 143

Crickileaks 149

Indecent Exposures 155

Hysterical Overreactions 159

Fights and Feuds 167

Brazen Product Endorsements 173

Heavy Grubbers 177

Legal Battles 183

Send-Offs 189

The Downright Weird

Unlikeliest Fans 195

Fictional Characters 201

Iconic Fashion Statements 207

Impersonations 211

Borrowed Kit 217

Hoaxes and Imposters 223

Jobs for the Boys (And Girls) 229

Cheese! 235

Nicknames 239

Unusual Captains 245

Tributes to Cricket 249

Remarkable Journeys 255

Unlikely Statistical Quirks 259

Games Within A Game 265

Cricket Songs 269

Acknowledgements 275

Index 276

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