Speaking of Haigh, just finished his self-flagellating account of the 2010-11 Ashes. The best part is the way he gets progressively more exasperated with Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson as Australia lose more Tests.
By the end, you get treated to gems like "His conversion rate is as unimpressive as the Australian dollar to the sterling."
"The Australian cricket captain is the Prime Minister Australia wishes it had. Steve Waugh is that man, Michael Clarke is not." - Jarrod Kimber
RIP Fardin Qayyumi and Craig Walsh - true icons of CricketWeb.
Not sure if it's been mentioned and can't be arsed to look, but Dickie Bird had a new book released a couple of weeks ago entitled 80 Not Out that's worth a read.
I've read a couple of his, and I find it hard to believe he has any fresh anecdotes left to tell.
I don't know which book it was in, but I remember a mildly objectionable phrase he used when talking about a match involving Pakistan in which he was umpiring. There was some confusion about the toss, and Salim Malik, as Bird put it, "started jabbering away in Pakistani" - an on-the-ball editor would have pointed out to Dickie that 'Pakistani' is not a language, and that Malik wouldn't have been 'jabbering away' to someone who could speak Urdu.
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Cricket Web's 2013/14 Premier League Tipping Champion
- As featured in The Independent.
"as much a news event as an actual footballer, a worthy stop-start centre forward, but an all-time hyper-galactico when it comes to doing funny things with cars and hats, a player whose signing proves once again that the Premier League is still undoubtedly the best in the world when it comes to doing things with cars and hats."
- Barney Ronay on Mario Balotelli
finishing the above mentioned piece on Boycott Im looking for a book about some more likeable character and with as little Yorkshire as possible...C. Walsh perhaps. Tips?
Courtney published an autobiography back in 1999 "Courtney - Heart of the Lion" - I've not read it though
Currently reading updated version of Geoff Armstrong's book on 100 Greatest Cricketers and whilst there is some utter nonsense (e.g. chapter on Kallis is a disgrace), some is very interesting (e.g. chapter on Grace)
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