Cricket For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 14, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 340 pages
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Whether you’re a weekend cricketer or aspiring armchair expert, Cricket For Dummies helps you make sense of this fascinating sport. Not just a jargon busting guide to cricket’s laws, techniques and tactics, it also contains advice on kitting yourself out and provides lessons on playing the game and improving your batting, bowling and fielding skills. For the budding fan, there’s a guide to the greatest players, the memorable matches, and a tour through the cricketing scene – both domestic and international – giving you the knowledge you need to fully appreciate this special game.

This book has been updated for the Ashes 2009, featuring revised information on new players, the Indian premier league, Stanford 20:20 and the latest coverage of past and future competitions.

Julian Knight is a BBC journalist, writer, and cricket enthusiast. He is a former youth coach and captain, and has been a club cricketer for over 20 years.
Consultant Editor Gary Palmer played first class cricket for ten years with Somerset before becoming a professional coach.


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Throwing the ball
Making it Big as a Wicketkeeper
Finding your stance
Getting into the right line
Standing back standing up
Taking throws from the outfield
Chapter 8
Selecting the Right Team

Amateurs and professionals
Getting involved in the amateur game
Exploring the Strange World of Cricket Speak
Looking at Batsman Against Bowler
Cricket Frustrations
Scorebooks Scoreboards and Scorecards
Coaching and cricket tactics
Gauging the Importance of the Umpire
Chapter 2
Remembering Cricket Helpers
Taking in the Field of Play
Understanding the importance of the pitch
Taking in the creases
Changing ends explained
Protecting the pitch
Talking Stumps and Bails
The Men in White Coats
Working together as a team
Looking at umpiring signals
Understanding the Scoring System
Totting up the extras
The role of the scorer
Dismissing the Batsmen
Comprehending the LBW law
Understanding retirements
Looking at Breaks in Play
Chapter 3
Looking at an Innings
Throwing the second innings into the mix
Taking a Closer Look at Test Cricket
Test and first class tactics
Taking a Peek at English First Class Cricket
Oneday cricket
Gauging the differences between oneday test and first class matches
Understanding the oneday tradeoff
Daynight oneday cricket
The DuckworthLewis Formula
Breaking Cricket Rules
Chapter 4
Understanding what the club supplies
Choosing a Bat
Pricing up a cricket bat
Buying a bat or having it made
Preparing the bat for play
Getting the Right Protection
Wearing a helmet
Looking after the rest of you
Getting Kitted Out TopToToe
Being whiter than white
Choosing a Kitbag
Kitting Out a Youngster for the Game
Part II
Chapter 5
Starting Out in the Middle
Listening to the umpire
Setting the sight screens
Judging Line and Length
Looking at the length of the delivery
Standing up to seam and swing bowling
Playing spin bowling
Playing a frontfoot defensive shot
Playing a backfoot defensive shot
Playing Aggressive Shots
Cover drive
Leg glance
The pull shot
The sweep
Taking Control in the Middle
Getting your eye in
Putting your foot on the accelerator
Preparing to Do Battle
Taking care of the mental side
Choosing a Batting Role
Chapter 6
Getting to Grips with Bowling Basics
The runup
The action
The follow through
Examining the line and length of the delivery
Choosing between over or round the wicket
Checking Out the Different Bowling Types
Understanding the Importance of the Balls Seam
Mastering Seam Bowling
Swinging Your Way to Success
Reverse swing
Spin Bowling
Understanding the types of spin bowler
Focusing on wrist spin bowling
Focusing On What Youre Good At
Bowling With Your Brain
Winning with patience
Chapter 7
Understanding Fielding Positions
Close catching fielding positions
Runsaving fielding positions
Preparing Properly for Fielding
Getting Out on the Grass
Collecting the ball
Calling Heads or Tails the Toss of the Coin
Captaining the Team in the Field
Choosing when to change the bowlers
Handling bowlers with care
Enforcing the followon
Batting Tactics
Declaring the innings
Looking At OneDay Captaincy
Understanding oneday fielding restrictions
Chapter 9
Getting Match Fit
Honing Your Technique in the Nets
Giving Your Batting a Boost
Taking Giant Steps Forward with Your Bowling
Looking at Fielding Drills
Explaining Stretching
Looking at stretching exercises
Coaching Kids to Play Cricket
Encouraging allround ability
Understanding coaching qualifications
Colt cricket
Part III
Chapter 10
Exploring the History of Cricket
The Bradman years
Steady as she goes
The New Golden Age
England and Australia
New Zealand
Crickets second division
Taking in the Cathedrals of Cricket
Lords England
Sydney Cricket Ground Sydney Australia
Troubling Times for Test Cricket
Falling popularity in Asia
Englands Renaissance
Chapter 11
Understanding what makes the Ashes unique
Understanding the secrets of Australian success
Australias Ashes heroes
Englands Ashes heroes
Asias Ashes
India v Australia
Competing for the World Cup
Growing out of humble beginnings
Troubling Times in the West Indies
Looking at Other OneDay International Tournaments
Checking Out the Worlds Leading Cricketers
The great all rounders
The great bowlers
Chapter 12
Understanding different county cricket formats
Explaining the County Championship
Gauging how counties are run
Introducing OneDay Cricket
Cheltenham Gloucester Trophy CG
Oneday razzmatazz
English Womens Cricket
Getting involved in womens cricket
Chapter 13
Grabbing yourself a ticket
Going on an overseas tour
Becoming a County Member
Joining the MCC
Enjoying Your Day at the Cricket
Understanding the times of play in a oneday international
Deciding what to take with you to the cricket
Partying on the terraces
Following cricket on the radio
Keeping up with cricket through the newspapers
Getting to Grips with the Statistics
Working out a batting average
Part IV
Chapter 14
Sir Jack Hobbs England
Sir Gary Sobers West Indies
Sir Richard Hadlee New Zealand
Malcolm Marshall West Indies
Chapter 15
Centenary Test Melbourne 1977
First Test Brisbane 1960
Test Match Kolkata 2002
World Cup Semifinal Edgbaston 1999
OneDay International Match Johannesburg 2006
Chapter 16
Jim Lakers Destruction of Australia
Ian Bothams Miracle Ashes Triumph
Sir Donald Bradmans Colossal Batting Average
Kapil Dev Flays Zimbabwe for 175
Chapter 17
The Hansie Cronje Affair
Rebel Tours to South Africa
The Basil DOliveira Affair
The West Indian Fast Bowling Machine
Tampering with the Ball

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About the author (2011)

Julian Knight was born in 1972 in Chester. He was educated at the Chester Catholic High School and later Hull University, where he obtained a degree in History. Since 2002 Julian has been the BBC News personal finance and consumer affairs reporter and has won many awards for his journalism. Before this, he worked for Moneywise magazine and wrote for The Guardian amongst many other publications. He has also authored Wills, Probate & Inheritance Tax For Dummies and Retiring Wealthy For Dummies.
Julian has played league cricket for 20 years. He is a former captain at Blackheath Cricket Club and has played for several clubs in London and the north west of England.

Gary Palmer played first-class cricket as an all-rounder with Somerset for ten years. He has since developed a successful career as a cricket coach and holds the English Cricket Board’s Level III coaching qualification. He has taught other coaches as part of the ECB Coaching Team and has also been involved with delivering the Centre of Excellence programme to Regional and National Youth Squads. During the winter of 1995/6 he worked in South Africa at the Eastern Province Cricket Academy as Head Coach, and since then his top-class coaching experience has included working with the Australian Test team in 2001, the India Test team in 2002, and the Sri Lanka Touring team in 2002. He established the CricketCoachMaster Academy in 2003, with the aim of providing boys aged between 15 and 19 who want to become professional cricketers with a cricketing experience in a first-class environment. Gary currently works as a specialist batting coach for Gloucestershire County Cricket Club.

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