It's Not Cricket : Skullduggery, Sharp Practice and Downright Cheating in the Noble Game, Paperback

It's Not Cricket : Skullduggery, Sharp Practice and Downright Cheating in the Noble Game Paperback

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This is a definitive history of the seedy underside of cricket.

From the 18th-century crowd violence to the obsessive will to win of W.G.

Grace; from the bodyline to throwing; from sledging to the match-fixing allegations brought against a host of Test players, culminating in Hansie Cronje's lifetime ban from the game, Simon Rae's work is a revelatory look at a game that was always supposed to be the yardstick of all that was true, honest, pure and of good repute.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages, 8pp colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
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  • Category: History: specific events & topics
  • ISBN: 9780571215829

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A comprehensive overview of the history and cultutral place of cricket, both in the UK and abroad, specifically with reference to the ideas of sportsmanship that are bandied about; Rae strips off the rose-tinted glasses that insist that the sport enjoyed an undefined era of gentlemanly conduct, replacing them with a far more interesting and complex view of its roots as a workingman's sport and capture by the upper classes. Along the way he demolishes the grievence industry of bodyline and the idea of the sanctity of "walking".

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