And God Created Cricket
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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