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Cricket Explained

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Cricket Explained offers the sports enthusiast a user-friendly introduction to baseball's British cousin, a game that shares with America's national pastime the common ancestor "rounders". This is the definitive beginner's guide to the game of cricket, written by a world authority on the sport, the co-inventor of the Coopers & Lybrand World Cricket Ratings System. Cric...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 15th 1993 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 1992)
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Richard Martin
I read the original 1992 printing which was entitled "Cricket Explained." My first exposure to cricket was during a trip to Scotland. The game was being played behind the hotel in which I was staying. I enjoyed watching but constantly thought, "What's going on?" Well, this book provided the answers. I particularly liked the question/answer format presented in detail in the table of contents. A thorough glossary/index of some 600 entries is provided making for easy reference. Perhaps, the highlig...more
The forward states that this book is ‘designed primarily for those who have no knowledge or understanding of cricket’. The author then explains various aspects of cricket in an entertaining and knowledgeable fashion. The famous Lord’s cricket ground in England is actually named after Thomas Lord, not just because he was a lord. While I have followed cricket for a number of years I found that I learned more about the leg before wicket rule through the author’s explanation. A googly, by the way, o...more
This is a great guide to finding out what Cricket is all about. I'm still not too sure, but at least now some (well, a few) of the things I hear on the Sky Sports wrap up make sense, or are at least familiar sounding!
Good stuff and nice cartoons!
I had two Indian students who invited me to play cricket with them and their friends. I read this book to learn about it, but then my students never came through with a solid invitation, so now my cricket knowledge must remain dormant.
Steve Mitchell
A good little book for a cricket virgin to read to begin to understand the complexities of the game but with enough witticisms for those of us that watch regularly to enjoy the read.
Jun 24, 2007 m rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone wanting to learn cricket
Entertaining and digestible introduction to cricket, for the 'why was everyone wearing white at the end of Bend It Like Beckham' set.
Did not help understand Cricket any more effectively than I had before.
Nov 15, 2008 Simon rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yes
My dad bought this for me and it does a nice job of explaining crickets.
Really did explain cricket succinctly.
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