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My A-Z of Cricket

Henry Blofeld
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Henry Blofeld
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The Ashes: It's All About the Urn

Graeme Swann
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Graeme Swann
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Over and Out: My Innings of a Lifetime with Test Match Special

Henry Blofeld
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Henry Blofeld

Shortlisted for Cricket Book of the Year at the British Sports Book AwardsFor over half a century, Henry Blofeld has conveyed his unfailing enthusiasm for the game of cricket as a much loved broadcaster and journalist. His characteristically patrician tones, overlaid with those of the bon viveur, have delighted listeners to the BBC's Test Match Special where the personality of the broadcaster comes second only to a deep knowledge of the game and its players. With his engaging conversational tone it is easy to see why listeners feel as if they are actually at the Test match watching in Henry's friendly company. Now that 'Blowers' has decided to declare his TMS innings closed, his book reveals the secrets of life in the commentary box and of the rich cast of characters with whom he shared it, from the early days of John Arlott and Brian Johnson to Aggers and new boys Boycott, Swann, Vaughan and Tuffers. Henry is equally revealing of his own performances and self-deprecatingly recalls his several verbal misfortunes while live broadcasting. Like the greatest commentators and writers on the game Blofeld has always understood that there is a world beyond the cricket field. Not forgetting pigeons passing, red buses and much loved cricket grounds, Henry Blofeld writes of his favourite countries, and experiences while travelling, and meeting and interviewing many cricket-loving celebrities. His passionate and entertaining book will become one of the classics of cricket's literature.

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Second Innings

Andrew Flintoff
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Andrew Flintoff
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Andrew Strauss: Winning the Ashes Down Under

Andrew Strauss
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Andrew Strauss

In November 2010, Andrew Strauss faced the ultimate challenge for an England cricket captain: winning the Ashes on Australian soil, a feat that had not been achieved for 24 years. By the end of a series that gripped the nation, he had led his team to an overwhelming victory - inflicting an unprecedented three innings defeats on the old enemy.Winning the Ashes Down Under is the captain's story of a tour that exceeded all expectations. It not only reveals what went on behind the scenes as Andrew Strauss and coach Andy Flower put together their team of winners, but also paints a very personal picture of day-to-day life on tour.It is an inspiring tale of how hostile conditions, injury and intimidating reputations were overcome by leadership, planning, a slice of good fortune - and extraordinary performances from the likes of Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott with the bat, and James Anderson and Chris Tremlett with the ball.Ranging from reverse swing to the sprinkler dance, from referrals to sledging, from despair at Perth to triumph at Sydney, this is the definitive account of a series that will live long in the memory.

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Graeme Swann: The Breaks Are Off - My Autobiography

Graeme Swann
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Graeme Swann

Graeme Swann's transformation from international outsider to England's primary match-winner and undisputed best spin bowler in the world has been remarkably rapid. Within two years of his 2008 Test debut, he had become his country's most reliable bowler, made the shortlist for the ICC's cricketer of the year award and claimed an Ashes-sealing wicket. Yet the script took many twists and turns along the way.Drafted into the squad for the full tour of South Africa in 1999-2000. Swann's meteoric received a jolt. While some liked the cut of his jib, others did not and England coach Duncan Fletcher already had a foot in the latter camp when Swann missed the bus for the first of two times on that tour. Suddenly he was judged on temperament and not talent. Although Swann candidly concedes he was nowhere near good enough for the top level at that stage in his career, his jettisoning back to county cricket for the next seven years, following a solitary one-day international, hinted at a career wasted. A clash with then Northamptonshire coach Kepler Wessels triggered his move to Nottinghamshire in 2005. A County Championship winner in his debut season, he was back in the England fold at the end of his third. Forever a flamboyant showman, he made up for lost time with two wickets in his first over against India - his habit of striking in his opening over a spell has become a party piece. You cannot keep the spotlight off him for long. Since moving into the top 10 of the world rankings for bowlers on the back of eight wickets in the Ashes-defining Oval Test of 2009, he has not dropped outside it, and has been widely tipped to be the decisive factor in the defence of the urn in Australia.

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Over But Not Out

Richie Benaud
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Richie Benaud
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The Wit of Cricket at Home and Abroad

Barry Johnston
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Barry Johnston

From the producers of the Number One bestselling CD 'The Wit of Cricket', here is their latest collection of the funniest cricket stories at home and abroad, recorded live at Great Brickhill Cricket Club in Bedfordshire.Featuring a rare live recording by the late cricket commentator Christopher Martin-Jenkins, who was a brilliant after-dinner speaker, here are dozens of hilarious anecdotes about the Ashes, overseas tours, sledging, Test Match Special, and much more!Christopher Martin-Jenkins commentated on TMS from 1973 to 2012, and was cricket correspondent of the BBC, the Daily Telegraph and The Times, as well as President of the MCC in 2011; Peter Baxter was the producer of TMS on BBC radio for 34 years; Barry Johnston is the son of Brian Johnston and compiled The Wit of Cricket book; Robert Powell is an award-winning actor and former President of the Lord's Taverners.

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Wit of Cricket 2

Barry Johnston
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Barry Johnston

Cricket is said to be a funny game and now you can hear why with another brilliant collection of humorous stories, jokes, and anecdotes from the world of cricket as told by five of the game's all-time great personalities: Richie Benaud, Dickie Bird, Henry Blofeld, Brian Johnston, and Fred Trueman.Recorded live in theatres and in the studio, here are dozens of hilarious anecdotes about England players such as Denis Compton, Len Hutton, Mike Brearley, and Ian Botham, not to mention broadcasting gaffes, sledging, short-sighted umpires, and the first male streaker at Lord's!(P)2007 Hodder & Stoughton Audiobooks

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Wit of Cricket 2

Cricket is said to be a funny game and now you can hear why with another brilliant collection of humorous stories, jokes and anecdotes from the world of cricket as told by five of the game's all-time great personalities - Richie Benaud, Dickie Bird, Henry Blofeld, Brian Johnston and Fred Trueman.Recorded live in theatres and in the studio, here are dozens of hilarious anecdotes about England players such as Denis Compton, Len Hutton, Mike Brearley and Ian Botham - not to mention broadcasting gaffes, sledging, short-sighted umpires and the first male streaker at Lord's!

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Heroes of Cricket (digital download)

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Here are all-time great performances and personalities from the world of cricket, as recalled by some of the game's leading players, writers, and commentators. You'll hear:Donald Bradman: "270, Melbourne, 1936"Mike Atherton: "My Duel with Donald, Trent Bridge, 1998"Jim Laker: "19 for 90, Old Trafford, 1953"Henry Blofeld: "Gary Sobers, the Complete All-Rounder"Andrew Flintoff: "The Second Ashes Test, Edgbaston, 2005"Anil Kumble: "10 for 74, Delhi, 1999"Richie Benaud: "Imran Khan, Hadlee, Botham, and Kapil Dev"Dickie Bird: "Yorkshire County Cricket Club"Brian Lara: "501 not out, Edgbaston, 1994"Shane Warne: "The Ball of the Century, Old Trafford, 1993"Ian Botham: "149 not out, Headingley, 1981"(P)2006 Hodder & Stoughton Audiobooks

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An Evening with Blowers

Henry Blofeld
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Henry Blofeld

Henry Blofeld is one of the greatest characters in cricket. For nearly thirty years his distinctive rich, plummy voice and his famous expression 'My dear old thing!' have delighted the millions of listeners to BBC Radio's Test Match Special.In his entertaining one-man show An Evening with Blowers Henry takes his audience on a hilarious journey from his eccentric childhood in Norfolk to his schooldays as a prolific batsman at Eton and his successful career as an international cricket writer and broadcaster. He tells many colourful anecdotes about the game of cricket and his BBC colleagues including John Arlott and Brian Johnston and reveals what really happened when the Queen presented the TMS team with a special cake!(p) 2002 BarryMour Productions

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The Wit of Cricket

Barry Johnston
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Barry Johnston

Recorded live in front of appreciative theatre audiences, here are dozens of hilarious stories about legendary Test cricketers such as Richie Benaud, Ian Botham, Geoffrey Boycott, Michael Holding and Fred Trueman, as well as some of the most famous gaffes and practical jokes carried out by the commentary team on BBC Radio's Test Match Special.Enjoy three of the best storytellers in the business as they prove that cricket is a funny game, even when rain stops play!(p) 2003 BarryMour Productions

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An Evening with Johnners

Brian Johnston
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Brian Johnston

Reminiscing about his long life and career at the BBC, Brian talks about many of the diverse occasions and programmes with which he was involved He also indulges in his well-known love of (rather bad) jokes and puns.In this revised edition of An Evening with Johnners, which contains previously unreleased material, the sheer warmth of Brian's personality comes across to the listener, and it is virtually impossible not to feel at one with the members of the highly appreciative theatre audience.(p) 1993, 1994 and 2000 BarryMour Productions

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Cricket's Great Entertainers

Henry Blofeld
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Henry Blofeld

As a widely respected cricket historian, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the game, and also a writer with a great sense of fun, Henry Blofeld is the ideal man to select the great characters of cricket who have livened up the sport.We learn of the exploits of the legendary Ian Botham, a man who made up his own rules and has been at the centre of controversy on countless occasions; Garry Sobers, an immensely popular all-round great; and Dennis Lillee, the temperamental fast bowler who once held up a game with a tantrum when ordered to change his aluminium bat.Henry Blofeld regales us with marvellous - sometimes mischievous - stories to add to the "Boy's Own" nature of the book, and highlights those players who would make cricket lovers cancel their appointments to see them, even on a cold April day.

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Johnners - The Life Of Brian

Barry Johnston
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Barry Johnston
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A Thirst for Life

Henry Blofeld
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Henry Blofeld

Graeme Swann

Graeme Swann is a former international cricketer for England. He was primarily a right-arm offspinner, and also a capable late-order batsman with four first-class centuries, and often fielded at slip. After initially playing for his home county Northamptonshire, for whom he made his debut in 1997, he moved to Nottinghamshire in 2005. He made his debut for England in 2000 but didn't play again until 2008 when he became an essential part of the team in all formats. In 2011 he was part of the team that claimed the number one world Test ranking spot. Graeme was involved in three Ashes tours, winning the Ashes in 2009 and 2011, he retired from all formats during the 2013 Ashes series. Since retirement Graeme has made the transition into commentary and is a summariser on Test Match Special and BT Sport cricket coverage.

Andrew Flintoff

Andrew Flintoff was born in Preston in 1977. An aggressive fast bowler and hard-hitting batsman, he made his County Championship debut for Lancashire in 1995 and won the first of his 79 England Test caps in 1998. As an all-rounder, he played a vital part in England's celebrated Ashes victory in 2005.Widely considered to be the best all-rounder of his generation, Andrew was named as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2004, and Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World the following year. Also in 2005, he was awarded the title of BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Andrew became captain of the national team in 2006, only to have the captaincy removed after England's disappointing performances in Australia in 2006-07 and in the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean. Having put those setbacks behind him, he overcame a series of injuries to help England, under Andrew Strauss, regain the Ashes in 2009. Shortly afterwards, he called an end to his playing career and embarked on a varied new one in television, as a presenter, documentary-maker and team captain on the BAFTA award-winning A League of Their Own. In 2012, Andrew Flintoff unexpectedly turned to sport again, this time as a boxer, winning his one bout as a professional. In the summer of 2014, after five years out of the game, he made a surprise return to cricket, playing for Lancashire in the NatWest T20 Blast and then for Brisbane Heat in Australia's T20 Big Bash. In 2015, he took part in Australia's version of I'm a Celebrity ... Let Me Out of Here!, and was crowned King of the Jungle.In May 2014 when it was announced that Andrew would play for Lancashire again. Following on from such a successful stint with Lancashire in October 2014 it was announced that Andrew would continue his professional cricket comeback in Brisbane in the Australian T20 Big Bash league. In March 2015 Freddie was crowned the King of the Jungle in the first series of the Australian version of 'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here', and was bowled over by the support of the Australian public.After launching his very own podcast with friend and TV producer Clyde Holcroft in 2014, it was announced that Freddie and Clyde will celebrate the ten year anniversary of England's Ashes win with a live tour which will travel the length and breadth of the country including at the Edinburgh Festival.

Andrew Strauss

Andrew Strauss was born in 1977 and spent his early years in South Africa, Australia and England. He learned his game at Radley College and Durham University, and made his first-class debut for Middlesex in 1998 before becoming captain in 2002.Strauss wrote his name into the record books when he became only the second England batsman to score a century at Lord's on his Test debut, in 2004. He played in the 2005 Ashes victory and was appointed England captain in 2009. Under his captaincy, England regained the Ashes in 2009 and held on to them in 2010-11, the first series win on Australian soil for 24 years. In 2011, he led his country to the No. 1 spot in the ICC Test world rankings for the first time. After captaining England in 50 of his 100 Tests, he retired from all forms of cricket in 2012. He was awarded the OBE in 2011. Andrew Strauss is married with two children.