And God Created Cricket

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Doubleday, 2009 - Cricket - 311 pages
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For centuries, the sport of cricket has been known for its spirit of fair play, gentlemanly conduct, mellow thwack of leather on willow and all-round good old-fashioned Englishness. Wrong. Since the earliest primitive hitabouts, cricket has been rife with gambling, corruption, subterfuge and violence, and has been run by a bunch of self-appointed incompetents. Well, some things never change.In And God Created Cricket, award-winning writer and broadcaster Simon Hughes casts his expert eye over the real history of this most English of sports, and how the rest of the world soon started beating us at it. From the first encounters with the dastardly Australians, through the emergence of the West Indies as the most frightening force the game has ever seen, to the modern commercial operation headquartered in India and Dubai, cricket has survived and still thrives, alternately captivating and infuriating almost two billion people.With his unique blend of irreverent humour, biting analysis and deep affection for cricket, Hughes also revisits and evaluates the greats of the game and their incredible scoring feats - the laws have always been biased towards batsmen, after all - as well as those whose names have not gone down so well in history. And through it all runs the seam of the Ashes, the titanic contests between England and Australia that always seem to elevate the sport to something altogether different. It just is cricket.

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Simon Hughes won eight titles with Middlesex, including four county cricket championships, between 1980 and 1991 before finishing his playing career at Durham. He started writing for the Independent while still playing, and has written for the Daily Telegraph and broadcasted for the BBC since his retirement in 1994. He is known to millions of cricket fans as 'The Analyst' for his role in Channel 4's cricket coverage, and is now part of Five's cricket commentary team as well as commentating for BBC radio. He is the author of five previous books including A Lot of Hard Yakka, winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award in 1997. He lives in Hammersmith with Tanya and their three children Callum, Nancy and Billy.

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