Arm-ball to Zooter: A Sideways Look at the Language of Cricket

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Penguin UK, Jun 7, 2007 - Sports & Recreation - 304 pages
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What's the difference between short leg and deep midwicket? When would you be thinking about bowling a yorker? What's so great about the sound of leather on willow? Cricket’s vocabulary is a mixture of jargon and cliché, poetry and prose, misty-eyed romanticism and old-gits’ cynicism. Arm-ball to Zooter is a witty guide to the peculiarities of the game, its history and major figures; cricket-lovers might find their own pet hates confirmed; cricket newcomers might be amazed at what cricket-lovers have been up to all these years.

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Lawrence Booth is the man behind the Guardian's enormously popular column The Spin, which pulls in a weekly readership of around 10,000 subscribers. A lifelong cricket fan, he is the author of Cricket: Celebrating the Modern Game Around the World (2005) and a contributing editor to Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.

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