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Cricket's Greatest Rivalry

A History of the Ashes in 12 Matches
Narrated by: Simon Hughes
Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: Sport, Cricket
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Summary

From the William Hill Award-winning author of A Lot of Hard Yakka comes Cricket's Greatest Rivalry: A History of the Ashes in 12 Matches by Simon Hughes.

A fast-paced, distinctive history of the iconic, 137-year-old cricketing rivalry between England and Australia published in the year of back-to-back Ashes contests.

No other sport has a fixture like the Ashes. From the early 1880s the rivalry between these two great sporting nations has captured the public imagination and made sporting legends of its stars. Commentator, analyst and award-winning cricket historian Simon Hughes tells the story of the 12 seminal series that have become the stuff of sporting folklore. Cricket's Greatest Rivalry places you right at the heart of the action of each pivotal match, explaining the social context of the time, the atmosphere of the crowd and the background and temperaments of the players that battled in both baggy green and blue caps.

The book also includes complete statistics and records of all the Ashes fixtures and results and much more!

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our desktop site.

©2019 Simon Hughes (P)2019 Octopus Publishing Group

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Really enjoyed hearing about all the legends of the game that I knew so little about. I like Simon Hughes, and listen to his podcast / read The Cricketer, but I slightly struggled with the writing style - there were numerous clichés and the occasional cringe-worthy reference (strokeplay / foreplay being the worst!). I would also personally reduce the focus on the recent series - I can see why he did it, but perhaps the addition of a Smith vs Stokes 2019 concluding chapter can be used to streamline and frame the part post-Warne, bringing it all together as a narrative effectively and rounding off the new Bradman / redemption stories, while cutting back some of the post-2006 detail. Still really interesting though.

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Really enjoyed this Ashes history

Listened to this history of the Ashes just as the 2019 series started. Funny, informative and well worth a listen.