Gentlemen and Sledgers: A History of the ashes in 100 Quotations (Hardback)Rob Smyth (author)
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From the celebrated mock obituary following England's first-ever defeat by Australia on home soil in 1882, to the on-pitch insults (or 'sledges') of today, Ashes cricket has spawned nearly as many memorable quotes as it has balls bowled and runs scored.
GENTLEMEN AND SLEDGERS charts the ebb and flow of Anglo-Australian cricketing fortunes across 131 years and 314 matches by telling the stories behind 100 memorable Ashes quotations. From fast bowler Jeff Thomson's classic 'I enjoy hitting a batsman more than getting him out. I like to see blood on the pitch' in 1975, to Michael Clark's notorious advice to Jimmy Anderson to 'get ready for a f****** broken arm' in 2013, the quotations embrace quips, insults, examples of the dark art of sledging - and even the occasional considered cricketing judgement.
Evoking memorable moments and matches as well as highs and lows in the careers of Australia and England's greatest players, GENTLEMEN AND SLEDGERS is an informal, freewheeling, discursive and entertainingly opinionated history of the Ashes.
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 33 mm
'The 5-day 5-test Ashes series remained throughout one of the most epic contests in the world of sport and Rob's book helps us to appreciate the reasons why' Counterfire.
'A well-written history of the Ashes through the years ... there's a grander narrative of the rivalry and the game that is done a good service by this entertaining book' All Out Cricket.