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GRIZZLY - My Life and Times in Cricket
Chris Adams

Publisher: Pitch Publishing Ltd.
A2, Yeoman Gate, Yeoman Way, Durrington,
BN13 3QZ, England

Web: www.pitchpublishing.co.uk

ISBN 978 178531-060-7

Pages 288

Price Sterling Pounds 18 and Pence 99

Written in collaboration with Bruce Talbot, author of four previous books and Sussex cricket journalist for more than 30 years, Grizzly - My Life and Times in Cricket - is an excellent book - a celebration of life well lived and is a story that is remarkably well written

Chris Adams is thankful to Bruce Talbot, "who not only had to sit and watch me play for eleven years at Sussex through all the agony and ecstasy, but has had to endure hours and hours of me talking and reminiscing for my book. There was only ever one person who could have and who I would have wanted to write it. You are a champion, mate."

Having played in just five Tests, Chris Adams' International career is not the most substantial part of the book, which is in stark contrast with his county career.

In a cricket career spanning nearly 30 years, Chris Adams has enjoyed some unforgettable moments. He played for England - enduring a brutal Test debut against a rampant South African attack in 1999 - and was the greatest captain in the history of Sussex, turning them from perennial underachievers into the most successful county of the 2000s. Within two years of becoming a coach, he had made Surrey trophy winners again.

Peter Moores, in his foreword says, "We had some great times together at Sussex, most memorably of course the County Championship win in 2003. Chris finished on eleven seasons as Captain which will be a tough record to match for anyone in the future. To lead for that length of time requires a strength of character and a resilience that is rare, along with a desire to build a legacy of sustainable success. Chris had these qualities and an ability to let the non-important stuff go and focus on the things that really mattered."

The highs and lows of his career as a player and coach are covered in the book. His memories and inside stories; his inspirations and ideas about the game, including walking out at the Wanderers to make his Test debut against a rampant Allan Donald and Shaun Pollock with the score 2 for four - England's worst ever start to a match. His great debt of gratitude to the county where it all started - Derbyshire - and how the county missed the opportunity to create a successful dynasty of their own.

What we missed in the book is his first-class career record season by season apart from the index of players, appearing in the book.

The photographs in the delightfully produced book are simply superb while layout and typeface is brilliant. The overall production is outstanding and the book is a recommended reading.