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On and off the Field: Ed Smith in 2003 (original 2004; edition 2005)
by Ed Smith
On and off the field by E. T. Smith (2004)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0141015896, Paperback)Ed Smith kept a diary of the 2003 cricketing season. It became a record of the most extraordinary summer of his life. The highs saw him become the first domestic batsman to reach 1000 runs, make four consecutive centuries and get a shot at playing for England. The lows involved a horrific injury to his captain and then saw his promising international career end almost as soon as it began. However, Smith's ability to conjure the thrill of the crease the batsman's exhilaration and fear as he's hunted relentlessly by bowler and fielder alongside startling insights into the game make this the definitive insider's book on modern cricket.
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"Ed Smith has kept a private diary of his county-cricket career right from the start - since he made three debuts in the summer of 1996, for Cambridge, Kent and Young England. But last year, encouraged by Australian captain Steve Waugh, he decided to do it properly. 'Tell the truth as much as you can' was Waugh's injunction." "This then is the story of a season of county and international cricket, one that begins tumultuously with the horrific pre-season injury to captain David Fulton, comes to a nadir with Smith's first pair, in his 104th first-class match, against Essex, and recovers to a glorious personal climax when he becomes the first domestic player past the 1000-run mark in the summer, equals Frank Woolley's 1929 Kent record of four consecutive championship centuries and is chosen to play for England." "On and Off the Field is much more than an account of the highs and lows on the pitch, though. It offers an insight into the pressures faced by a professional sportsman today and into the nature of dressing-room life. It tells of driving home from the Oval after an incredibly unlikely last-minute defeat by Surrey, when Birgit Nilsson singing the Immolation scene at the end of Wagner's Twilight of the Gods at full volume is the only possible soundtrack; of the increasingly tense atmosphere as the season gets off to a terrible start; and of the psycho chit-chat of the teambuilding sessions." "It's the story of the hanging in there and the holding on, the self-doubt and the frustration, the rows and the friendships. On and Off the Field does for cricket what Eamon Dunphy's Only a Game? did for football thirty years ago: it reveals to the outsider the private world of professional sport."--BOOK JACKET.
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