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The Telegraph Book of The Ashes 2013
The Telegraph Book of The Ashes 2013
- Edited by Steve James

Published by:
Aurum Press Ltd.
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Pages: 272

Price: Sterling Pounds Fourteen and Ninety nine Pence

Having written six books, including an autobiography and The Plain, the award-winning story of how two Zimbabwean coaches, Duncan Fletcher and Andy Flower, transformed English cricket, Steve James, a former Glamorgan and England wicketkeeper, now writes on cricket and rugby for Telegraph Media.

James has done an excellent job in editing The Telegraph Book of The Ashes 2013 apart from contributing in the publication. England deservingly accomplished the Ashes hat-trick, recording 2-1 (in 2009 in England); 3-1 (in 2010-11 in Austrlia) and 3-0 (in 2013 in England) series triumphs.

The book contained articles and match reports originally published by The Daily and Sunday Telegraph's unbeatable team of best cricket writers like Scyld Berry, Simon Hughes, Derek Pringle, Paul Hayward, Jim White, Shane Warne, Geoffrey Boycott, Michael Vaughan, Steve James and Nick Hoult. All the writers were present in England throughout the series in 2013, setting an agenda with their hard-hitting columns.

Scyld Berry had paid a rich tribute to Stuart Broad. According to him, "he is a big game hunter. Not only is he big, and game, not a hunter, he also huns big game - and it was the wicket of Australia's captain, Michael Clarke, that brought out the best and most predatory bowling of Broad's career to consummate England's summer."

Summing up the series, Geoffrey Boycott commented: "Well done England for not playing your best but still winning 3-0. It has not been a memorable series. The expectation has overweighed the reality. What we have seen are moments of drama, sweet batting from In Bell, quality bowling by James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann and in between times some fairly average cricket.

Australia's battng was as poor as I expected it to be and all the hype about the new coach Darren Lehmann, who people like and admire, has proved again that he cannot bat and bowl for his team. It all comes down to the eleven on the field. They can spout off about how they are going to undermine Broad, and get the crowd behind them in Australia but it will not make any difference unless their players outplay ours."

Major milestones and a scorecard at the end of each Test apart from the series averages would have made a great effect in this superb publication.