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A History of West Indies Cricket [Paperback]

Michael Manley
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2 Sep 2002
A History of West Indies Cricket has been fully updated, telling the recent story of West Indian cricket in the nineties and at the start of the 21st century. The records sections have also been brought up to date. In 1975, the West Indies became the first winners of the cricket World Cup. Their style of cricket has always been ideal for this type of game; exhilarating, stroke-making batsmen; penetrative, wicket-taking bowlers and dynamic, athletic fielders. The epitome of the team was its captain, Clive Lloyd, a magnificent all-rounder. For 15 years between 1976 and 1991, the West Indies ruled the cricket world in imperious style, winning 62 Test matches and losing just 17. Batsmen of the calibre of Haynes, Greenidge, Richards, Lloyd and Richardson, and bowlers such as Holding, Roberts, Garner, Croft, Walsh and Ambrose, struck fear into the hearts and minds of opposing players. In 1994, Brian Lara announced himself in a way like no other. He set world records in both Test and First-class cricket in the same calendar year, taking 375 off the England attack, then flaying an injury-hit Durham county attack for 501 not out for Warwickshire. It was at this point that the old edition was published. The update will highlight the sad demise of West Indian cricket. The accessibility of cable television from the United States has shown youngsters in the Caribbean other sports, ones which offer untold wealth to even those of moderate professional standard. Football too has taken a hold, with Jamaica reaching the World Cup finals in 1998. The year 2000 was a watershed as it saw the Test careers of both Walsh and Ambrose close, thus severing the last links with the heyday of West Indian cricket. History has shown it will rise again.

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  • Paperback: 776 pages
  • Publisher: Andre Deutsch Ltd; Revised edition (2 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 023305037X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0233050379
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 15 x 5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 997,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive History of West Indies Cricket 20 Mar 2012
This excellent and epic book must surely be the definitive history of West Indies cricket. If there is a better one, I want to know about it! The book deals almost entirely with history the of the West Indian test team. One dayers and first class games are covered but only briefly. There are some score sheets towards the back of the book but most scores are covered within the main text. The author goes into details at just the right moment and it is a great pleasure reading about how the various greats (and there are many with the West Indies!) went about acheiving their greatness. The author himself is worth a mention as not only is he clearly a cricket fanatic, he also happens to have been the Prime Minister of Jamaica, twice! This means that he has real insight into the workings of West Indies cricket, including meetings with Kerry Packer during the World Series Cricket years. He also touches on how the West Indian teams and their various greats fit not only into the cricket world but also the social and political landscape of the world and the West Indies themselves.

Of course, Mr Manley's job is made much easier by the subject matter. The history of West Indies cricket is a brilliant story in its own right. Their rise to the top while overcoming prejudice is inspiring stuff. Add to that this story is littered with interesting characters, from the attacking, exciting batsmen, to the arsenal of demon fast bowlers, and you have a gripping tale.

The book's only weakness is that it does tail off a little towards the end. This is in no-way the author's fault, more a reflection of the sad decline of the West Indies side.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for the cricket fanatic! 7 Dec 2008
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Purchased for my 16 year old nephew. He thinks reading is a curse ... but he read this book!!!
I flipped through and it is filled with a wealth of information and it is well laid out.
The print is a bit fine though.
Great source of information on the much contended sport of Cricket.
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