Best Cricket Books

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1. The Cricket in Times Square (Chester Cricket and His Friends, 1)

Author: by George Selden
Square Fish
144 pages

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Tucker is a streetwise city mouse. He thought he’d seen it all. But he’s never met a cricket before, which really isn’t surprising, because, along with his friend Harry Cat, Tucker lives in the very heart of New York Citythe Times Square subway station.

Chester Cricket never intended to leave his Connecticut meadow. He’d be there still if he hadn’t followed the entrancing aroma of liverwurst right into someone’s picnic basket. Now, like any tourist in the city, he wants to look around. And he could not have found two better guidesand friendsthan Tucker and Harry.

The trio have many adventuresfrom taking in the sights and sounds of Broadway to escaping a smoky fire. Chester makes a third friend, too. It is a boy, Mario, who rescues Chester from a dusty corner of the subway station and brings him to live in the safety of his parents’ newsstand.

He hopes at first to keep Chester as a pet, but Mario soon understands that the cricket is more than that. Because Chester has a hidden talent and no onenot even Chester himselfrealizes that the little country cricket may just be able to teach even the toughest New Yorkers a thing or two.

2. Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2021

Author: by Lawrence Booth
Wisden (July 13, 2021)
1248 pages

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The 158th edition of the most famous sports book in the world. The 2021 edition of the cricketer’s bible includes full coverage of the Cricket World Cup and this year’s momentous drawn Ashes. Published every year since 1864, the Wisden Cricketer’s Almanack 2021 contains some of the finest sports writing of the year, and tells the story of England men’s first World Cup win, as well as a remarkable Ashes series.

Home to some of the finest sports writing of the year – from the likes of Lawrence Booth, Gideon Haigh, Tanya Aldred, Emma John, Andy Bull, Jon Hotten, Anand Vasu, Paul Edwards, Simon Wilde, Osman Samiuddin and Raf Nicholson – it includes the eagerly awaited Notes by the Editor, the Cricketers of the Year awards, and the famous obituaries.

As always, it contains reports and scorecards for all Tests, one-day and Twenty20 internationals, together with trenchant opinion, compelling features and comprehensive records.”There can’t really be any doubt about the cricket book of the year, any year: it’s obviously Wisden”-Andrew Baker in The Daily Telegraph @WisdenAlmanack

3. Beyond a Boundary: 50th Anniversary Edition (The C. L. R. James Archives)

Author: by C. L. R. James
288 pages

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This new edition of C.L.R. James’s classic Beyond a Boundary celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of one of the greatest books on sport and culture ever written. Named one of the Top 50 Sports Books of All Time by Sports Illustrated”Beyond a Boundary …

Should find its place on the team with Izaak Walton, Ivan Turgenev, A.J. Liebling, and Ernest Hemingway.”Derek Walcott, The New York Times Book Review”As a player, James the writer was able to see in cricket a metaphor for art and politics, the collective experience providing a focus for group effort and individual performance….

[In] his scintillating memoir of his life in cricket, Beyond a Boundary (1963), James devoted some of his finest pages to this theme.”Edward Said, The Washington Post”A work of double reverencefor the resilient, elegant ritualism of cricket and for the black people of the world.”Whitney Balliett, The New Yorker”Beyond a Boundary is a book of remarkable richness and force, which vastly expands our understanding of sports as an element of popular culture in the Western and colonial world.”Mark Naison, The Nation”Everything James has done has had the mark of originality, of his own flexible, sensitive, and deeply cultured intelligence.

4. This is Cricket: In the Spirit of the Game

Author: by Daniel Melamud
Rizzoli (October 20, 2020)
368 pages

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Winner of the 2021 WISDEN BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD, this book is a celebration of the elegance and timeless beauty of cricket-its greatest and most stylish players, from past heroes to today’s stars, along with its idyllic and hallowed grounds.

Cricket has been played for over three hundred years and in some ways remains largely unchanged. It is this timelessness, and the style and spirit in which the game is conducted, which is celebrated in This Is Cricket. The book brings together such idyllic settings as Sir Paul Getty’s Ground in Buckinghamshire, U.K., surrounded by rolling countryside, with the Otago cricket ground in New Zealand set against a backdrop of mountains, as well as the sport’s most hallowed pitches, including Lord’s (opened by Thomas Lord in 1814) and Melbourne Cricket Ground, which hosted the first-ever International “Test” match in 1877.

Readers will venture on a journey to the Caribbean, where the fast bowling attack of the West Indies reigned in the 1970s, and to India, where cricket soared to new heights in the 1980s. From Shane Warne’s hat-trick at the MCG in 1994 to Ben Stokes’s heroics at Lord’s and Headingley in 2019, This Is Cricket captures many of the game’s most extraordinary events and players.

5. Cricketing Lives: A Characterful History from Pitch to Page

Author: by Richard H. Thomas
448 pages

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A wonderful read.Exhaustive and comprehensive as a reference tome, but also infused with a passion for the game and its players that distinguishes a mere cricketing aficionado from a true cricket lover. Phil Steele, BBC Sport What an enthralling voyage this book affords, with its vivid style and sequences of fascinating detail.

Thomas has created something unusually readable. David Frith, founding editor of Wisden Cricket Monthly Cricket is defined by the characters who have played it, watched it, reported it, ruled upon it, ruined it, and rejoiced in it. Humorous and deeply affectionate, Cricketing Lives tells the story of the world’s greatest and most incomprehensible game through those who have shaped it, from the rustic contests of eighteenth-century England to the spectacle of the Indian Premier League.It’s about W.G.

Grace and his eye for a pound; Charles Burgess Fry and his flirtation with Albania; the invincible Viv Richards; and Sarah Taylor, the best wicketkeeper in the world …Male or female. Paying homage, too, to the game’s great writers, Richard Thomas steers a course through the despair of war, tactical controversies, and internecine politics to reveal how cricket has always stormed back to warm our hearts like nothing else can.

6. Hitting Against the Spin: How Cricket Really Works

Author: by Nathan Leamon
400 pages

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‘Fascinating and insightful … Lifts the curtain to reveal the inner workings of international cricket. A must-read for any cricketer, coach or fan’ Eoin Morgan’This path-breaking book should be compulsory reading for commentators and captains – and all cricket fans’ Mervyn King’Clever and original but also wise’ Ed SmithHow valuable is winning the toss?

And how should captains use it to their advantage? Why does a cricket ball swing? Why don’t Indians bat left-handed? What is a good length and why? Why are leg-spinners so successful in T20 cricket? Why did England win the World Cup?

Why do all Test bowlers bowl at either 55 or 85mph? Why don’t they pitch it up? All cricketers long to know the answer to these questions and many more. Only fifteen years ago it would have been difficult to answer them – cricket was guided only by decades-old tradition and received wisdom.

Data has changed everything. Today we can track every ball to within millimetres; its release point, speed and bounce point are measured as are how much the ball swings, how much it deviates off the pitch, the exact height and line that it passes the stumps, and multiple other variables.

7. Cricket For Dummies

Author: by Julian Knight
For Dummies

352 pages

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A complete guide to cricket for players and fans alike Whether you’re a budding player or aspiring armchair expert, Cricket For Dummies helps you get to grips with this fascinating sport. Completely revised and updated for the first back-to-back Ashes series in 38 years, this hands-on guide gives you clear explanations of the cricket’s laws, step-by-step explanations of techniques and tactics, and exciting coverage of the tournaments, global rivalries, and great players.

Fully revised and updated to chronicle the rise of twenty20 cricket and the IPL, the implementation of DRS, and the changing face of the game Covers cricket basicsthe pitch, the laws, the equipment and more Provides an in-depth look at cricket formats Offers a guide to building cricket skillsbowling, batting, and fielding Includes coverage of the best players and the biggest tournaments throughout the world Complete with Top Ten Lists of the greatest cricketers, the most memorable cricket matches, and the biggest controversies, Cricket For Dummies is your one-stop resource on this popular sport.

8. No Holding Back

Author: by Michael Holding
Orion (June 21, 2011)
272 pages

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The autobiography of West Indies fast-bowling legend turned Sky pundit, Michael Holding. As one of the fastest bowlers the world has seen, Michael Holding went by the haunting nickname ‘Whispering Death’, claiming 249 Test wickets. Despite having not laced his bowling boots since 1989, it remains a fitting sobriquet.

As a commentator and administrator, Holding has delivered his views on cricket in the same manner that he played the game: he speaks softly with a rich Jamaican rhythm and is calculated in either criticism or compliment. NO HOLDING BACK charts his effortless transition from one of the great players to one of the great pundits.

Holding graphically describes his days as a player, looking back at how he tried to deliberately hurt batsmen on the wastelands of Kingston, and his first match for Jamaica when he almost collapsed from exhaustion – after only four overs!

There is time, too, to divulge what it was like to tour with the West Indies, and unmissable insights about sharing a dressing room with other legends of the game like Clive Lloyd, Sir Viv Richards and Malcolm Marshall. Holding does not shirk the big issues, as he discusses how the West Indies have slipped following their halcyon days, openly assesses Brian Lara and laments the hypocrisy over the state of the game in the region.

9. Cricket Explained: From Grubbers to Googlies – A Beginner's Guide to the Great English Pastime

Author: by Robert Eastaway
St. Martin's Griffin
144 pages

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Cricket Explained offers the sports enthusiast a user-friendly introduction to baseball’s British cousin, a game that shares with America’s national pastime the common ancestor “rounders”. This is the definitive beginner’s guide to the game of cricket, written by a world authority on the sport, the co-inventor of the Coopers & Lybrand World Cricket Ratings System.

Cricket Explained takes the reader from the game’s fundamentals – basic rules, terminology, equipment – to the finer points of strategy, individual playing styles, and cricket lore. The book includes a combined glossary/index for easy reference and is illustrated throughout with the lighthearted drawings of British cartoonist Mark Stevens.

So even if you don’t know “short leg” from “silly mid off” or a bowler from a batsman, you’ll come away from Cricket Explained with an understanding for this truly international sport which, like baseball, is loved both for its elegant simplicity and its vexing complexity.

10. The Unforgiven: Missionaries or Mercenaries? The Tragic Story of the Rebel West Indian Cricketers Who Toured Apartheid South Africa

Author: by Ashley Gray
Pitch Publishing
256 pages

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In the early 80s, 20 West Indian cricketers were paid more than $100,000 each to take part in rebel tours of apartheid South Africa. When they returned home to the Caribbean they were banned for life and shunned by their countrymen. Some turned to drugs, some to God, while others found themselves begging on the streets.

This is their untold story.

11. Remarkable Cricket Grounds

Author: by Brian Levison
224 pages

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Across six of the seven continents on which cricket is played, there are some remarkable cricket grounds. From a tidal strip of sand outside the Ship Inn at Elie, in Fife, to the monumental Melbourne Cricket Ground with its 100,000 capacity, this book features the extraordinary places and venues in which cricket is played.

Many grounds have remarkably beautiful settings. There is the rugged Devonian charm of Lynton and Lynmouth Cricket Club set in the Valley of the Rocks, not far from the North Devon coast. Then there is the vividly-colored, almost Lego-like structure of Dharamshala pavilion in Northern India where local resident the Dalai Lama has watched a match.

Many of England’s greatest players have come from public schools, and there are some wonderful examples of their cricket grounds such as Sherborne, Milton Abbey, Monkton Combe, and Malvern Boys College. Country houses such as Audley End and Goodwood House form the backdrop to many cricket pitches, or castles, such as Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland, or even Portchester Castle, where there is a cricket ground inside the castle walls.

12. Black Paper Notebook: Black Cat Notebook Paper Book For Use With Gel Pens | Reverse Color Journal With Black Pages | Green Cat Eyes | College Ruled (Black Paper Journals & Sketchbooks | Gel Pen Paper)

Author: by Obsidian Paper Press

112 pages

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Featuring lightly lined college ruled pages on rich black paper, this notebook is versatile and unique. A perfect gift to the boy or girl who wants to stand out from the crowd. Makes a great journal, diary, notebook, or college composition book for taking notes and studying.

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13. Believe: What Life and Cricket Taught Me

Author: by Suresh Raina
June 14, 2021

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Believe, Sachin Tendulkar told him – and he took it to heart, getting the word etched on his arm as a tattoo. In this book, Suresh Raina takes us through the challenges he faced as a young cricketer. He was bullied in school and at cricket camps, but he always punched above his weight, overcoming every adversity life threw at him and never giving up.

This is the story of the lessons he learnt and the friendships he built. Peppered with invaluable insights – about the game and about life – that Raina acquired from senior colleagues like M.S. Dhoni, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, among others, this book will make you believe in the power of hard work, love, luck, hope and camaraderie.

It is a journey through the highs and lows in the cricketing career of a man who saw his world fall apart and yet became one of the most influential white-ball cricketers India has ever seen.

14. The Young Country Doctor Book 3: Bilbury Revels

Author: by Vernon Coleman
April 24, 2014

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Bilbury Revels is the third in The Young Country Doctor series of books (though it can be read as an individual title) and continues the account of the doctor and his young wife, Patsy, who are settled happily at Bilbury Grange.

Disaster strikes during a long, relentless storm which batters the village and blankets the whole area in a thick covering of snow. The doctor nearly loses his life and the village schoolteacher loses her cottage roof. The excitement really starts when the villagers join together to raise money to repair the devastated cottage.

Vernon Coleman describes an old fashioned music hall evening (during which just about everything that can go wrong goes wrong), and one of the funniest cricket matches ever described is reported in chapters 16 and 17 (People’s Friend magazine warned that this chapter was likely to produce so much uncontrollable laughter that it should not be read in public).

There is also a village produce show where the locals compete to find out who has grown the biggest and best vegetables. And, as if all that were not enough, the doctor has to promote his first book. He travels to London, makes his first (and hilarious) television appearance and is invited to speak at a local village hall where things don’t go entirely to plan.

15. Richie Benaud: Those Summers of Cricket

Author: by Paul Conolly


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Richard Richie Benaud, OBE, (1930 2015) was a Test cricket all-rounder, blending thoughtful leg spin bowling with lower-order batting aggression. In 1958 he became Australia’s Test captain until his retirement in 1964. He became the first player to reach 200 wickets and 2,000 runs in Test cricket.

After his retirement from international cricket in 1964, he became a highly regarded and utterly beloved commentator on the game both in the UK and Australia. Summer of Cricket was his call sign that summer was here and cricket was the star.

This books gathers together the many accolades accorded Richie Benaud over the decades. Tales from colleagues, players, friends and those who listened to his broadcasts every summer. This book also features some of the finest cricket commentators and writers who have explored the legend that is Richie Benaud.

A book to treasure, dip into and enjoy that includes many of the great names from cricket. There would be very few Australians who have not passed a summer in the company of Richie Benaud. He was the accompaniment of an Australian summer.