Not your usual match-by-match account of a Test series but a humorous ‘alternative’ diary of England’s 1998 winter tour to the West Indies, from the perspective of one the most colourful and eccentric characters in the modern game.
This book is Tufnell’s personal fly-on-the-wall diary of the tour and will recall in full detail all the hilarious escapades and off the field adventures that make a cricket tour of the Caribbean such a unique experience.
In his own inimitable style, Tufnell will relate the stories surrounding all the major personalities on tour, from the managers and players to the support staff and all the characters that enliven an overseas cricket series.
Will England win the series? Who will be the team’s outstanding performer? And will Tufnell be the hero or villain? Whatever the outcome, this is guaranteed to be a most entertaining read.
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“GOOD LUCK, MICHAEL . . . GOOD LUCK, ANGUS . . . AH, TUFNELL. YOU WILL TRY NOT TO GET INTO ANY TROUBLE, WONT YOU?”
So said Lord MacLaurin as the England touring party headed for the Caribbean in January 1998 – and who could blame him? Certainly not the inimitable 'Tuffers' himself, English cricket's most notoriously accident-prone tourist, who freely admits to having been in more scrapes abroad than the rest of his team-mates put together.
In his revealing behind -the -scenes diary of the West Indies tour, Phil Tufnell, with the help of journalist Peter Hayter records the ups and downs of that series, including the farcical abandoned test in Jamaica and the nail-biting (or in his case fag-smoking) victory in Trinidad -not forgetting his own batting heroics in Guyana when he helped save the follow-on.
With his trademark dry humour Tufnell describes the mood swings in the dressing-room as the tour moves on to Barbados and Antigua and the England supporters arrive in force. In between he entertains us with his unique observations on love, life and net practice.
Move over Bridget Jones, Tuffners has arrived.About the Author:
Phil Tufnell has played 23 times for England in a Test career spanning eight years. In the final Ashes Test of last summer, he took a career-best eleven wickets, earning him a place on the 1998 West Indies tour. He is married to Lisa and has a baby daughter, Poppy.
Peter Hayter is the cricket correspondent of the Mail on Sunday. He collaborated with Ian Botham in writing his bestselling autobiography and, most recently, The Botham Report.
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Book Description HarperCollinsWillow, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0002188422