Signed By Author Yes Note: All our books are vintage and second hand with the majority being 45+ years old. I like him both, as a cricketer as well as a person. This aversion to critical thinking was so pronounced that he tells how he routinely avoided breakfast with Moores and Flower in case they deflated his mood. This, after all, is a man who has never been particularly interested in what anyone else has to say. With the insight that helped him bring the best out of personalities as different as Freddie Flintoff, Kevin Pietersen and Steve Harmison, the winner of a record 26 Tests as England captain shares his views on the state of cricket today and gives a frank assessment of fellow players, coaches and administrators. He concludes with praise for the achievements of the 2009 Ashes-winning England team. The first claim to individual freedom comes at two years old.
Like it or loath it, it is a book of considerable significance, the aggrieved story of the most maverick, bloody-minded, exciting and ultimately tragic England player of his generation. His criticism struck a chord. This autumn Kevin will reveal all in his autobiography, telling the stories behind the many other highs and lows of his incredible career. This is a must read for any cricket lovers. His monumental decision to split from Rome and the Catholic Church was one that would forever shape the religious and political landscape of Britain. His writing gives a wonderful insight into the characters of many of the world's top international cricketers and in particular, a deep insight into Kevin himself.
It shares the same brutal honesty and self-awareness of the best-selling No Nonsense by Joey Barton and GoodFella by Craig Bellamy. Fully updated to cover the past year in Andrew's life; the transition from player to pundit and the fortunes of English cricket. But at a time when so many cricket autobiographies are cravenly dull, when player interviews are delivered as if by rote, and the governing body forever asserts its right to rule in near-secrecy, Pietersen's flawed and overwrought cri de coeur is a book that was better written. Strauss is a fine raconteur and this revealing autobiography will appeal to all those who love cricket. Matt Prior Big Cheese comes in 2nd for the vitriolic attacks. But it's batting that Pietersen is about - even if, reading this autobiography, it is easy to forget.
New heroes will come and one hopes the public will eventually learn to love the game in records numbers again. Signed By Author Yes Note: All our books are vintage and second hand with the majority being 45+ years old. It is forthright, populist and written in such an agitated, self-justifying manner that even the brashest paragraphs cannot disguise the loneliness of the sporting maverick. All those people calling him a mercenary for making money in the ipl need to wake up and smell the salt. For Pietersen's exchange of texts with friends in the South Africa side criticising his captain, Strauss, to be magnified into traitorous behaviour still seems to be an overreaction. He is a South African in England, a star player who needs his ego perpetually feeding, but who is not just excluded from the dressing-room clique but is mocked by it. Kevin was dropped from the England squad in February 2014, seemingly calling time on an international career that began nearly ten years earlier.
No Spin is that very story. See more of our deals. Mild wear to edges and corners. He truly goes after his detractors highlighting that he isn't to blame for all his misfortunes. Now, with the perspective of more than 20 years as a journalist, he lays bare the realities of life as a professional cricketer in a decade when the game was dominated by a cast of unforgettable characters whose exploits became front-page news. An outstanding opening batsman and natural leader, Andrew Strauss captained his country in 50 of his 100 Tests. Maybe that's why he played football with a smile on his face, always says what's on his mind, and is no stranger to a spot of mischief.
This book has clearly been well maintained and looked after thus far. Graeme Swann leads us on a compelling adventure through one of world sport's most engrossing rivalries. Tuffers' Cricket Tales is a deliciously eccentric collection of the great man's favourite cricket stories that will amuse and inform. Nicknamed the Romford Pele for his solid but unglamorous image, Ray Parlour is one of the most well-loved Arsenal players of the last few decades. But there is a limit. Shane is not only one of the greatest living cricket legends: he is as close as the game has had since Botham to a maverick genius on the field and a true rebel spirit off it, who always gives audiences what they want.
What the book tells us is that Pietersen was dismissed from the England side for the crime of being — well — a bit of a loner. He concludes with praise for the achievements of the 2009 Ashes-winning England team. One of the last graduates from football's old school, Jimmy actually worked in the real world - including as a painter and decorator - before turning pro. This autobiography has insufficient on cricket games and and over supply of self justification. Cricket does not benefit, and nobody will want to read it ten years from now. Alongside his mesmerising genius as a bowler, Shane has often been a controversial figure, and in this book he's talk with brutal honesty about some of the most challenging times in his life as a player. Kevin was dropped from the England squad in February 2014, seemingly calling time on an international career that began nearly ten years earlier.
Off the field, he is forever insecure; he jars with those he must live with in close proximity for 250 days a year. At the end of the day it is what it is- an honest, personal, biased account of what exactly went wrong and who is to blame. England cricket is hurting because of the arguments surrounding Pietersen: arguments that are often Machiavellian in high places, often rabid on social media, ultimately unbearable in the dressing room. It is forthright, populist and written in such an agitated, self-justifying manner that even the brashest paragraphs cannot disguise the loneliness of the sporting maverick Many will read all this and wonder how this madness was ever allowed to happen. He pulls no punches and tells it the way he saw these events in a clear, straightforward manner. Unfortunately, despite having some mildly-shocking revelations, the book fails to impress, though it does make one glued to it. This is the politics of the schoolyard, the ya-boo back-covering blame game of the kindergarten.
I will focus on his amazing batting not his personality. Kevin makes no pretence at being a writer. As a young cricketer you can see where the story comes from and it has etched together snippets of what I have seen of the ego being bullied especially with the textgate scandal and what I have seen followin cricket since the ashes 2005 1 of 1 people found this review helpful Excellent insight! Some opponents feel threatened by his physical stature and aggressive brand of cricket. This man has a huge ego and his feelings of self importance shine brightly in this book. Fully updated to cover the past year in Andrew's life; the transition from player to pundit and the fortunes of English cricket. Not cast from the same mould as other players of his generation, Tufnell has become a cult figure for his unorthodox approach to the game.