John Arlott


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Leslie Thomas John Arlott OBE (25 February 1914 – 14 December 1991) was an English journalist, author and cricket commentator for the BBC's Test Match Special. He was also a poet and wine connoisseur. With his poetic phraseology, he was an iconic cricket commentator noted for his "wonderful gift for evoking cricketing moments" by the BBC.

Memorable quotes about Arlott:

"The very personification of Cricket." Prime Minister John Major, 1991
"He was Cricket, there has never been a commentator like him and there never will be." Ian Botham, former England Captain, 1991
"I think that he spread the gospel about Cricket around the world more than anyone else." Brian Johnston, fellow commentator, 1991
"A man of deep humanity." David Frith, editor of
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Average rating: 3.86 · 112 ratings · 14 reviews · 75 distinct works
Jack Hobbs: Profile Of The ...

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Fred Portrait Of A Fast Bowler

3.75 avg rating — 12 ratings — published 1971 — 3 editions
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Arlott On Cricket - His Wri...

3.67 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 1984 — 2 editions
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Basingstoke Boy

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My Favourite Cricket Stories

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Cricket: The Great All Roun...

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Arlott & Trueman On Cricket

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Arlott In Conversation With...

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Arlott on Wine

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Cricket A Reader's Guide

3.75 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 1950
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