Wisden on the Ashes: The Authoritative Story of Cricket's Greatest Rivalry
A&C Black, May 1, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 608 pages
The Wisden on the Ashes: The authoritative story of cricket's greatest rivalryis a detailed chronological journey through the history of this famousEnglish-Australian contest. With Test reports, scorecards, "Greatbowlers of the year" and other fascinating material from the archives,together with new editorial pieces, this is a remarkable record ofcricket's most enduring battle.The book begins its journey withEngland's first tour of Australia in 1876 and the subsequent threeseries prior to the 1882 tour that led to a mock obituary being placedin the Sporting Times "In affectionate remembrance of Englishcricket, which died at The Oval on 29th August, 1882. … The body willbe cremated and the ashes taken to Australia." Celebrating the playerswho made their mark on the game and the controversies that shook thesport, the book covers every series since then through to the mostrecent series. In 2005 England won a highly competitive series thathelped raise the popularity of the sport, and 2009 sees amuch-anticipated series back on UK soil, with England looking to regainthe Ashes after Australia's victory in the 2006-07 series. Beautifully produced, this book will be a welcome addition toall cricket enthusiasts' collections, as well as an ideal giftpurchase.