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Gentlemen and Sledgers: A History of the…

Gentlemen and Sledgers: A History of the Ashes in 100 Quotations

by Rob Smyth

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Gentlemen and Sledgers – Interesting and Funny

With the summer up on us and a touring Australian Cricket Team about to appear and defend the Ashes which they so easily won, Rob Smyth has brought out Gentleman and Sledgers a history of the Ashes in quotations and confrontations. This is an informative and funny book which not only any cricket fan will enjoy but those with an interest in sports and sports history in general.

From the Obituary to English Cricket placed in the Sporting Times in September 1882 until England won the Ashes in 2005 then lost them again in 2013, there is history and quotation, snippets to laugh at historic games to remember. How the England Captain on the tour of 1883 was presented with the little Urn with ashes of who knows what inside as a response to the infamous obit, and how upon his death in 1943 it was presented to Lords.

I like the way the book is split up in to various eras so you are able to dip in and out of the book often quoting. All the cricket greats are in here from the colossus that was W.G. Grace, Bradman through to Merv Hughes and Flintoff and who can forget Glenn McGrath giving it the ‘I reckon it will be 5 – 0 this time’, how did that one work out for you fella?

Like every cricket fan we all have our favourite sledges from Ashes tours and various quotes from players one of mine is there; Ian Chappell to David Boon ‘In my day 58 beers between London and Sydney would have virtually classified you as a teetotaller’.

Some of the best sledges are usually about a player and some you could not disagree with especially if it is about Geoffrey Boycott, a man who could bore a glass eye to tears when out at the crease. Something Aussie politician Jack Birney saying ‘You have done or Australian cricket what the Boston Strangler did for door-to-door salesman’ this was after Boycott had been out in the middle for 857 minutes without hitting a boundary!

This is a wonderful book that is an excellent reminder of cricket’s past, some great slices of history backed up with some fantastic pictures. This is a must have for all cricket fans and a book that you are able to dip in and out of not just during the summer of cricket. Buy it, Love it! ( )
  atticusfinch1048 | May 22, 2015 |
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The story of cricket's greatest rivalry, told through the tales behind 00 eclectic and entertaining quotations from the birth of the Ashes in 882 to the dramatic 2013-14 series. From the celebrated mock obituary following England's first-ever defeat by Australia on home soil in 882, 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. This title charts the ebb and flow of Anglo-Aus-tralian cricketing fortunes across 3 years and 3 4 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, in an informal, freewheeling, discursive and entertainingly opinionated history of the Ashes.… (more)

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