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02 July 2015
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TheWhen Cricket Was Cricket When Cricket Was Cricket

Recalls an era when it was a more enjoyable and carefree pastime.

by Adam Powley


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Remember a time when cricket was cricket? Before millionaire players careered around a floodlit field in glorified pyjamas? When a proper match lasted days rather than the crash, bang, wallop of the limited-overs game? Modern innovations like Twenty20 and the IPL have their place in cricket’s long and glorious story, but nothing beats the original - as celebrated in this wonderfully nostalgic look at the game in bygone years.

When Cricket Was Cricket draws from 100 years of outstanding images and photographs in the huge Mirrorpix archive - this engraving depicts a match between one-armed and one-legged pensioners at the Oval in 1862.

Looking back to a heyday of long hot summers and classic matches, When Cricket Was Cricket fondly recalls an era when it was a more enjoyable and carefree pastime - for the most part a sport conducted in a spirit of keen competitiveness but fair and thrilling play.
When Cricket Was Cricket

Brian Lara celebrates yet another test century against England

Drawing on 100 years of outstanding photographs in the huge Mirrorpix archive, this book brings to life an age largely free of intrusive sponsorship and commercialism when bumper crowds swarmed to see the stars of the day in action - legends such as W G Grace, Bradman, and Hobbs; famous greats of the post-war era like Sobers, Miller and Trueman; and more recent heroes such as Botham, Warne, Tendulkar and Lara.

But this is not just a tribute to the great and the good of the game. This book celebrates the sport’s grass roots, its rich heritage, its customs, curiosities, and unique characteristics held dear by cricket lovers wherever they come from, and at whatever level they play or watch the game. Ranging from the grandest venues to the humblest village pitches in its depiction of the sport’s golden years, this is the perfect illustrated guide to when it really was cricket!
Author: Adam Powley is a journalist and writer behind more than 15 books. He is the author of the When Football Was Football volumes on the World Cup and Tottenham Hotspur, and is the co-author of the acclaimed 61: The Spurs Double, The Boys From White Hart Lane and the bestselling Spurs Miscellany. He was a major contributor to The Spurs Opus, When Saturday Comes: The half-decent football book, and Football: The Ultimate Guide, and has reported and written for the Sunday Mirror, The Guardian, and Time Out.
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