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Sex & Drugs & Rebel Tours
Sex & Drugs & Rebel Tours by David Tossell

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

Derek Hammond Pitch Publishing

Website: www.pitchpublishing.co.uk

ISBN 978 178531-011-9

David's excellent book, Sex & Drugs & Rebel Tours explores the highs and lows of the 1980s England cricket team in a decade of triumph, tribulation and confusion. From World Cup Final to Windies whitewashes under ten different captains, this was English cricket's most chaotic decade.

The narrative of England's cricket team in the 1980s is one of triumph and tribulation, controversy and confusion. Sex & Drugs & Rebel Tours covers all the storylines that defined this remarkable period of sporting history, including Memorable Ashes victories at home and abroad, including the Ian Botham-inspired heroics of 1981 and Mike Gatting's victorious tour of 1986-87; England's walk-out in Guyana in 1981 after the ban on bowler Robin Jackman; The defection of leading players to rebel South African tours under Gooch and Gatting; The infamous on-field row between Gatting and umpire Shakoor Rana that led to an international incident and took the England players to the brink of a strike; the stories of drug-taking and sex scandals that rocked England and changed the press-player relationship for ever, resulting in the banning of Botham and the removal of Mike Gatting as captain and the hapless policy of selection that accompanied a series of heavy defeats against the West Indies and saw the decade end with successive home defeats against every other major nation.

By conducting various interviews with many of those involved in the success and the scandal, Sex & Drugs & Rebel Tours conveys the story of a team at times united and at other times in disarray.

The book ends up with with a resume of scores and brief results in Tests and ODI results during the 1980s apart from the Results Summary overall in Tests and ODIs - home and away.

David Tossell is the author of thirteen books, including four on cricket. Five of his previous books have been short-listed in the British Sports Book Awards and he has twice been short-listed for the MCC Cricket Society Book of the Year. A sports journalist for more than three decades, David is currently head of European Public Affairs for the NFL (National Football League).