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Gentlemen and Sledgers: A History of the Ashes in 100 Quotations
by Rob Smyth
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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.
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