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A Flick of the Fingers - The Chequered Life and Career of Jack Crawford - by Michael Burns
A Flick of the Fingers - The Chequered Life and Career of Jack Crawford - by Michael Burns

Publisher: Pitch Publishing Ltd.
A2, Yeoman Gate, Yeoman Way,
Durrington, BN13 3QZ, England
Website: www.pitchpublishing.co.uk

Derek Hammond

ISBN 978 178531-009-6

A Flick of the Fingers by Michael Burns relates the remarkable story of the chequered life and career of England's youngest Test player Jack Crawford. A schoolboy prodigy, who took Edwardian cricket by storm, the amateur all-rounder became Surrey's youngest ever centurion and, at 19 years and 32 days, England's youngest Test player.

However, a row over captaining a weakened team against the Australians led to a spectacular fallout - and a life ban by his County. Emigration to Australia swiftly ensured, where Crawford established himself as one of the world's great all-rounders; yet controversy continued to follow him, both on and off the pitch.

Son of an Anglican clergyman and having married and deserted an Adelaide teenage beauty, Crawford then managed to dodge any involvement in the Great War. He returned to England to divorce, re-marry and fade into middle-aged obscurity, but not before, in his thirties, playing two of the most remarkable innings of his life.

Michael Burns explores the events of colourful and controversial life and career of Crawford, who had the ability of becoming one of England's all-time champion all-rounders of vitality and unique skill on a par with W.G.Grace and Ian Botham. The story of why that failed to happen - and the events of his astonishing life and career - are now detailed authoritatively for the first time.

As a filmmaker, Michael Burns has produced nine cricket films, while he is also the author of a centenary hisory of his local club. Malden Wanderers, and articles for Wisden Cricket Monthly and the MCC Magazine. A Gentleman Cricketer, one of the four documentaries Michael has made for MCC, won the 2008 Cricket Society Media Award.

A quality production indeed! The book is worthy, reliable and informative