In this updated edition of his compelling autobiography which the English cricket authorities wanted to ban, Gloucestershire and England wicket-keeper Jack Russell provides his outspoken views on how the game is run.
Russell’s book is full of fascinating stories illustrating his own unique brand of eccentricity – from his peculiar dietary regime and tattered floppy hat through to his obsession with personal privacy, his painting and his passion for military history.
On the field, Russell cuts a sympathetic and admirable figure and is a persuasive critic of the England setup, especially during Ray Illingworth’s term as manager. He is also refreshingly honest in his accounts of the upheavals and dressing room rows that have punctured England’s recent tours abroad.
Fully updated with his behind-the-stumps account of the 1997/98 winter tour to the West Indies, Jack Russell’s book continues to be the benchmark against which all future cricket autobiographies will be judged.
‘An explosive book that challenges the strict censorship imposed by the mandarins at cricket’s headquarters’ Daily Mail
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“THE BOOK LORD'S TRIED TO BAN”
English cricket's most colourful and eccentric character, Jack Russell, proves he is not afraid to stand up to the authorities in defence of his forthright opinions on the game.
In his richly entertaining autobiography, the Gloucestershire and England wicket-keeper lifts the veil on the upheavals and dressing-room rows that have punctuated his country's recent performances, from the failure of the Illingworth regime to the complex behind-the-scenes interplay during the Lloyd-Atherton years. He talks openly about the blackest moments of his life – his brother’s death and his depression at the end of the 1994 West Indies tour – while recalling his triumphant record-breaking achievements and his passion for painting and military history.
Fully updated with Russell's behind-the-stumps account of the 1997/98 winter tour to the West Indies, this book is a tribute to one of the most popular and respected figures in the modern game.
"Russell is a persuasive critic of the England set-up."
"An explosive book…"
"There is no more interesting character in the game…"
Jack Russell is Gloucestershire CC’s longest serving cricketer, while at Test level he holds the world record for the number of dismissals by a wicket-keeper in one match. He has played 49 times for his country and is generally regarded as one of the top three wicket-keepers in world cricket. In 1997 he reached 1000 first-class runs in a season for the first time.
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Book Description HarperCollinsWillow, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 2187698