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England on this day - History, Facts and Figures from every day of the year
England on this day - History, Facts and Figures from every day of the year
by Richard Murphy

Published by Pitch Publishing Ltd.


pages 192

Price Sterling Pounds 14.99

ISBN: 978 1 78531 722 4

If you want to have any information pertaining to English cricket, England on this day is a book for you. This fabulous publication covers each day of the year on a journey from the birth of international cricket through to the present day, featuring the greatest Tests, one-day internationals and Twenty20 games.

England on this day revisits all the most magical and memorable moments from the national cricket team's illustrious past, mixing in a maelstorm of quirky anecdotes and legendary characters to produce an irresistible England diary. From the first ever Test match of 1877 to the Twenty20 era, there's an entry for every day of the year.

Murphy has tried to bring the traditional and modern games together in one place and let people dip in and out as they choose. There will be reminders of things people had forgotten and the surprise of things they did not know, and hopefully a fascination with both the old and new England teams can be maintained.

Since the release of the first edition of the book, England have won both Women's World T20 in 2009 and Men's World Cup (50-over format) in 2019, beating New Zealand both times.

Besides the above, according to Richard Murphy, "there have been Ashes dramas (Headingley … again), spot-fixing scandals, limited over scores approaching 500 runs, Test match double centuries at more than a run per ball, record breaking careers with both bat and ball, and the emergence of some tremendous cricketers. It has been a challenge to fit it all in, and I am almost grateful for the hiatus this summer which has allowed the time to concentrate on mulling over the last decade, rather than being glued to the radio listening to more history being made. I hope this book covers the gap left by the lack of cricket, along with the TV and radio reruns of last summer's drama, and we can all pick up where we left off next year."

This fabulous publication covers each day of the year on a journey from the birth of international cricket through to the present day, featuring the greatest Tests, one-day internationals and Twenty20 games.

MONDAY 9th MARCH 2015 Bangladesh (275/7) stunned England in the World Cup in Adelaide, bowling them out for 260, 15 runs short of their victory target. The result knocked England out of the World Cup, whilst the Tigers progressed to the quarter-finals. The shocking disappointment of the campaign resulted in an inquest into what went wrong, resulting in a new mindset and a determination to change the side's fortunes in time for the 2019 World Cup. They set out to win it, and they did. (For the third time in the last six World Cups, England had failed to progress beyond the group stage. They became the first and only team among the top eight nations to have been knocked-out so early in three of the last six editions.)

SUNDAY 3rd APRIL 2016 England (155/9) were spectacularly denied their second World T20 crown in Kolkata. Having set the West Indies a target of 156 to win, England had their opponents in deep trouble on 11/3 - Johnson Charles (1), Chris Gayles (4) and Lendl Simmons (0). The Windies fought back though and, needing an improbable 19 to win from the final over, Carlos Brathwaite (34 not out off ten balls) smashed the first four balls of Ben Stokes's over for six to take the title. (It was the most amazing final over, enabling West Indies to clinch the World T20 title for the second time - their first being against Sri Lanka at Colombo (RPS) on October 7, 2012).

SUNDAY 14th JULY 2019 Eoin Morgan lifted the World Cup for England after one of the most dramatic games in history. New Zealand (241/8) set England 242 to win, but a shaky start left them in trouble on 86/4, before Jos Buttler with 59 and Ben Stokes with 84 not out, hauled them back into the game. Sixes from Stokes and a bizarre four extras when the ball rebounded from his bat to the boundary meant that when Mark Wood was run out from the final ball, the scores were tied. In the super-over, Stokes and Buttler made 15 for England, before Jofra Archer took the ball. Martin Guptill was run out on the last ball, scores were tied again, but England were champions after a boundary count back. Chris Woakes was the most successful bowler in the final, capturing three for 37.

THURSDAY 17th AUGUST 2017 The pink ball was used in England for the first time as they hosted their first day/night Test match, and only the fifth such game anywhere. The West Indies (168 & 137) were the visitors and Edgbaston the hosts as England's 514/8 declared, including 243 from Sir Alastair Cook, set up victory by an innings and 209 runs. (Till this date, England's said triumph is their only one in day/night Tests as they lost the next two Tests - by 120 runs to Australia at Adelaide in December 2017 and by an innings and 49 runs to New Zealand at Auckland in March 2018).

FRIDAY 8th SEPTEMBER 2017 In the final Test against West Indies at Lord's, James Anderson bowled Kraigg Brathwaite just after tea, taking his 500th Test wicket, during his career-best spell of 7 for 42. The first English player to achieve the milestone, only five players had reached this landmark previously; Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne, Anil Kumble, Glenn McGrath and Courtney Walsh, all of whom had retired.

WEDNESDAY 12th SEPTEMBER 2018 James Anderson took the final wicket of the match at The Oval, that of Mohammed Shami, to secure a 118-run victory over India and a 4-1 series win. The wicket was Anderson's 564th, breaking the record for fast bowlers held by Glenn McGrath, and leaving only three spinners ahead of him on the all-time list. (His present tally is 584 at 26.83 runs apiece in 151 Tests).

FRIDAY 20th NOVEMBER 2015 The fastest century for England in ODIs helped secure an 84-run win against Pakistan in Dubai. Jos Buttler took just 46 balls to reach three figures, finishing unbeaten on 116 from 52 balls, including eight sixes and ten fours. Jason Roy also scored a century, scoring a more sedate 102 from 117 deliveries.

Thoughtfully constructed and pleasing, the book is presented with care and attention to detail consistent with this publisher's high standards. A thoroughly worthwhile and readable book. All who browse through this book will be impressed by the wide range of reading displayed by the Editor. There is a remarkable wealth of interesting information throughout.