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Best of Enemies

Best of Enemies
by Patrick Kidd and Peter McGuinness

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Know the score Books 2010 (An imprint of Pitch Publishing)
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Best of Enemies, written by The Times' cricket blogger and a professional drinker from Queensland, is a celebration of the things that divide and unite their two countries - England and Australia.

The updated version of the Best of Enemies, according to Patrick Kidd, "is a hotch-potch of essays, lists and random thoughts. Some are long, some short, some funny (hopefully), some thoughtful (even more hopefully). It tries to look at what makes our nations tick and why we need each other. The best sledges, tensest matches, wildest personalities and wisest captains are all chronicled in here. Because as far as the two of us are concerned, the Ashes is the greatest show on earth."

Peter McGuinness believes "a few people take the traditional sporting combativeness between Poms and Aussies slightly too far. We've attempted to put some perspective on the symbiotic nature of English and Aussie cricket by celebrating our shared sense of humour, as well as our shared passion for the Ashes. All here within is written with a genuine appreciation for our great rivals - our great friends. Like my great friend, Patrick. The Best of Enemies..."

According to the authors, "Sublime Test cricket is the norm when Australia plays India. Some of the purest, best Test cricket ever played has transpired between the two. The balance is sot quite the same with England, whose bowlers tend to stand and admire India's batsmen rather than dominate them. But there is so much to admire: Dravid, Laxman, Sehwag, Ganguly and a useful lad from Mumbai as well. India are a magnificent side to watch and it is possible to see England and Australia's battles with them becoming as important as the Ashes."

The book mentions an englishman's favourite Australian cricketers - David Boon, Colin Miller, Mark Waugh, Keith Miller, Jack Fingleton, Merv Hughes, Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist, Stuart Law and Richie Benaud.

The ten best Ashes sledges have been mentioned by the authors e.g. "So how's your wife and my kids?" "The wife's fine - the kids are retarded." - an exchange between Rod Marsh and Ian Botham in the 1970s.

Beautifully produced, the publication is a must for collectors of cricket literature.