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Wisden on the Ashes

Wisden on the Ashes
The authoritative story of cricket's greatest rivalry
Edited by Steven Lynch
Foreword by Sir Alec Bedser

Published by:
John Wisden & Co. ( an Imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.)
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If you want to have any information on the Ashes, Wisden on the Ashes is a book for you, competently edited by my friend, Steven Lynch.

The book commences its journey with England's first tour of Australia in 1877 and the subsequent three series prior to the 1882 tour that led to a mock obituary being placed in the Sporting Times "In affectionate remembrance of English cricket, which died at The Oval on 29th August, 1882....The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia."

Besides, the Ashes gave rise to Don Bradman, the greatest batsman of all; the 1932-33 Bodyline affair, when a bowling tactic aimed at keeping Bradman quiet led to a diplomatic crisis; the World Series schism of the 1970s, when the Australian TV magnate Kerry Packer threatened to destroy establishment cricket by signing up 50 of the best players for private matches; "Botham's Ashes" of 1981, probably the best-remembered England-Australia series of all...at least until the amazing summer of 2005, when a nation held its breath during five compelling matches that culminated in England reclaiming those Ashes after sixteen long years.

Sir Alec Bedser, who is the only English bowler to have captured 30 wickets or more in an Ashes series at home and away, has contributed an excellent Foreword. "I think my earliest Ashes-related memory is seeing the Evening News when Don Bradman scored 334 at Headingley in 1930. It was unsuual to have big photos in the papers in those days, let alone a cricket one, but I remember half of the front page was taken up by a photo of The Don. I had just had my 12th birthday the previous week, and seeing Bradman on the front page made a big impression on me.

"The Ashes have been a major part of my life, but I think they have been a special part of many of other lives too, not just those privileged to have taken part but also the millions who have been entertained. Cricket is fortunate to have an international contest which is the envy of all sports. The history of the Ashes is the most eventful sporting story of all, and there can be no better way to read about it than through the original words of Wisden which make up this splendid anthology."

Writing in the introductory chapter, Steven Lynch believes, "England v Australia Test series are an ongoing soap opera, with regular instalments (now standardised at every two years or so, but it was even more frequent than that in the 1880s). The cast is refreshed every time, with old favourites being gently pushed aside by new heroes. When they retire it seems impossible that the great Ashes characters - glittering names from both sides such as Geoff Boycott, Dennis Lillee, Ian Botham, Adam Gilchrist, Andrew Flintoff and Shane Warne - could ever be adequately replaced. Each successive series gives someone else the chance to carve his name into Ashes history."

Wisden on the Ashes contains original match reports from all those 326 encounters, plus numerous extracts from other related articles, including the Editor's Notes, tour reviews and Cricketer of the Year essays.

Philip Bailey has meticulously compiled the Records section.

The publishers are to be congratulated on their enterprise. All who browse through this book will be impressed by the wide range of reading displayed by the editor. A truly monumental work, deserving of the highest praise. The photographs are superb. A quality product indeed.