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Cricket Ball : The Heart of the Game - Gary Cox

Cricket Ball

The Heart of the Game

By: Gary Cox

Hardcover Published: 18th October 2018
ISBN: 9781350014589
Number Of Pages: 208

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No object encapsulates the subtle, mysterious richness of cricket as much as its most famous character, the cricket ball: the swinging, bouncing, spinning heart of the glorious game.

Gary Cox tells us the life story of the ball in its many guises: new ball, old ball, live ball, dead ball, no-ball, lost ball, swing ball and dot ball. He untangles the complexities of spin bowling (with a little help from Shane Warne), the tricks and cheats involved in ball tampering (including a look at the 2018 Australian scandal) and explores the multi-coloured future of a rapidly changing game.

A kaleidoscopic look at the ball through the lenses of everything from philosophy and science to history, politics and biography and the myriad facts and figures of the vast cricket universe, Cox brings you a brimming biography of this legendary leathern orb and the heroes, fools and villains it has created along the way.

About the Author

Gary Cox has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Birmingham, UK, where he is also an Honorary Research Fellow.

Industry Reviews

Cox's style is delightful. General readers will find Cricket Ball a wonderful introduction to the game. Those more familiar with cricket writing will also enjoy his insights into its more technical aspects. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers. * CHOICE *
Gary Cox finds more angles on the cricket ball than Shane Warne! -- Gideon Haigh, author of 'The Cricket War'
Curious, reflective, discursive, Cricket Ball is in part a philosopher's disquisition on the hard leather object, in part a devotee's meditation on the game itself. -- David Kynaston, co-author of 'Arlott, Swanton and the Soul of English Cricket'
One of the most original cricket books you'll ever read. -- Lawrence Booth, Editor of the 'Wisden Cricketers' Almanack' and cricket writer for The Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday
Cricket ball is a thoughtful delight...It is infinitely more worthy than most of the cliche-ridden pap that crams the sports shelves in our bookshops. -- Roy Williams * The Australian *



Contents of the Over

First Delivery: Loosener

Animated inanimate object

A regular Mad Hatter's tea party

Watching cricket on the radio

Second Delivery: Cricket Ball Surveyed

Ideal ball

Real ball

Perfect handful

Third Delivery: Cricket Ball Made

What is a cricket ball?

Evolution of the rolling globular body

Coriaceus orbis

Centres of excellence

Fourth Delivery : Cricket Ball Played

Bowling overarm, not underarm or throwing

New ball, old ball, live ball, dead ball, no-ball, lost ball, swing ball, dot ball

Ball tampering

Fast bowling - pace is nothing without control




Spin bowling - the art of confusion

Fielding - the art of attentiveness

Transcendental ball

Fifth Delivery: Cricket Ball Pain

Comedy and tragedy

Pitches, padding and cane handle bats

Death toll

Princes, umpires and pigeons

Sixth Delivery: Cricket Ball Fame

Great players, stats and performances

Botham rises from the ashes

Easeful Atlas

The Gatting Ball

The Strauss Ball

The Laker Ball

The Sobers Six Sixes Ball

Seventh Delivery: Umpire Miscounting



ISBN: 9781350014589
ISBN-10: 1350014583
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 18th October 2018
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.8  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.45

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