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Learn to:

  • Understand the laws of cricket
  • Talk tactics and strategy
  • Get to grips with the history of the game
  • Follow every format – from Twenty20 to Tests
  • Get involved and participate

The definitive guide to cricket for newcomers, fans and players

Whether you don't know a bouncer from a leg-break (but would like to), you're a budding enthusiast who wants to know more or you aspire to playing at a higher level someday, this is the cricket book you're looking for. Revised and updated for the first back-to-back Ashes series in 38 years, this edition of the bestselling guide provides crystal-clear explanations of the rules and regs, step-by-step coverage of techniques and tactics, tips on how to improve your game, the inside stories of great global rivalries, player profiles and lots more.

  • Know a wicket from a pitch – get up to speed on the basics, including the rules, the pitch, fielding positions, different game formats and how to kit yourself up to play
  • Get game – improve and fine-tune your game with clear technical explanations and insider tips on the art and science of batting, bowling, fielding, catching and more
  • Learn to see the big picture – get wise to the tactical and strategic aspects of cricket and discover how to devise your own winning tactics as a player or a team
  • Know your way around Planet Cricket – take a guided tour of the competitions and tournaments around the world, from Twenty20 to the Ashes, to county championships and more
  • Experience all the thrills and spills – read exciting accounts of some of the greatest matches of all time along with fascinating profiles of many of the greatest cricketers ever

'A jargon-busting, comprehensive guide to cricket.' – Cricket World

Open the book and find:

  • Cricket laws, rules and regulations clearly explained (at last!)
  • A diagram of fielding positions
  • Everything you need to know about game formats – from Tests to T20
  • Priceless pointers on how to improve your skills
  • How to formulate winning tactics
  • A guide to coaching children's cricket
  • The 10 greatest feats in the history of cricket
  • Profiles of the all-time best players
  • The most memorable games ever

About the Author

Julian Knight is a journalist currently working as an editor at the Independent on Sunday. He was a reporter at BBC News, contributing to the BBC News website and Radio Five Live. A former youth coach and captain at Blackheath Cricket Club, he has played for several clubs in London and the north-west of England.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (May 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118480325
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118480328
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bastian on September 9, 2013
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I know a bit about cricket but needed a lot of help to set up a casual game among friends. This book made it easy to measure out and mark the critical areas of the field (i.e., the creases, wicket placement and height). It also presents the rules in an easy to read way. More advanced subject matter, such as game strategy, team selection, qualities of individual fields, captaining a team, umpiring, etc. are included for those who are more familiar with the game and want to hone their skills. There is even a neat chapter on history and famous rivalries. A great book, especially for beginners!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Felipe Lima de Melo on February 18, 2014
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It's very embarassous a need for writing in english. I'm a brazilian cricket lover and I dislike this obrigation, because my english writing is very bad.

However, this book is lovely. Didatic, easily to read and very complete. For a cricket fan, this is a fundamental book.
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By Lydia on January 13, 2015
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I am trying to understand and comprehend the rules and regs of this game. I love the, "Dummies", books because they are so good at explanations that require a lot of description. I'm still confused, however I discovered that on YouTube you can watch cricket games and, therefore, try and follow some of them. It's an amazing game; that is for certain.
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Very informative but I think it could have been edited better, grammatically and structurally. It's a good read but the mention and then later definition of some information seems misplaced.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda D. Ivell on January 22, 2014
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Married to a Brit and need all the help I can get understanding what they are talking about. Still don't get why they love it so . . . . . but this does help.
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