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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesicus View Post
    Of course I had to buy a copy of It Isn't Cricket by Sidney Barnes for he was not only one of my favorite batsmen, but also the most charismatic and colourful cricketer I ever saw play -- at Blackpool with an Australian XI in 1938; as the Burnley professional in the Lancashire League in 1947 and as a member of the invincible Australian touring team in England in 1948. His on and off field behavior and antics were legendary and often outrageous, but his batting was often sublime and magnificent to behold. He frequently stated that any batter should be satisfied with a century and after that his duty was to entertain the crowd even at the expense of his statistics. I know he endeared himself to the hard bitten old sixpenny bench sitters in the Lancashire League with his cavalier approach -- he came to Burnley with the reputation of being a "fancy dandy" and left with his reputation as an outstanding batsman and entertainer intact.

    His book is as colourful and outrageous as his cricketing -- replete with numerous anecdotes and stories. Did he really deliberately surrender his wicket at 234 after his record setting 405 test match fifth wicket stand with Don Bradman so that he would go down in the record books as having an identical score to the Don? -- he answers that question personally in this book.

    This book is a great read -- they don't seem to make cricketers like Sid Barnes anymore!

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    Glad to see you back James, why do you think he gives the wrong age in the book? Vanity or taking the %^$#
    You know it makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by archie mac View Post
    Glad to see you back James, why do you think he gives the wrong age in the book? Vanity or taking the %^$#
    Thanks, archie mac. Are you referring to his birth certificate story? I think Sid Barnes just loved to spin yarns at every opportunity.

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    I'm reading the Shane Warne autobiography.It's very interesting,I'll make a review thread once,I've finished it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andmark View Post
    I'm reading the Shane Warne autobiography.It's very interesting,I'll make a review thread once,I've finished it.

    That would be great

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    Don't know if this is the right thread to post this but I was wondering if anyone else has ordered the new Wisden and whether you have a regular reviewer on the site. I don't mind having a bash once I've had my copy a few days.

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    Just noticed there's a related thread - feel free to merge!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stumpski View Post
    Don't know if this is the right thread to post this but I was wondering if anyone else has ordered the new Wisden and whether you have a regular reviewer on the site. I don't mind having a bash once I've had my copy a few days.
    Here's a preview and some discussion on it here
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    In the middle of It's Not Cricket by Simon Rae. Enjoying it quite abit tbh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pasag View Post
    In the middle of It's Not Cricket by Simon Rae. Enjoying it quite abit tbh.
    Funnily enough I was just about to post that.

    A fantastic historical review of the dirtier side of the game.

    Brilliant in that it shows everything has been done before and is just repeated. Chucking controversies? blah, nothing new. Matchfixing? pfft, old hat
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy View Post
    Funnily enough I was just about to post that.

    A fantastic historical review of the dirtier side of the game.

    Brilliant in that it shows everything has been done before and is just repeated. Chucking controversies? blah, nothing new. Matchfixing? pfft, old hat
    Yeah, exactly what I was thinking when reading it.

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    Yes not too bad, although I thought he picked and chose which incidents to concentrate

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    Just got an interesting book - Simon Briggs Sledger's history of the Ashes - quite amusing on how the art of repartee and retort can itself cover every series of the Ashes - worth picking up away from the genre of mundane cricket books

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krishna_j View Post
    Just got an interesting book - Simon Briggs Sledger's history of the Ashes - quite amusing on how the art of repartee and retort can itself cover every series of the Ashes - worth picking up away from the genre of mundane cricket books
    Yeah I got that for Christmas, a good read.
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    This was a very good read

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