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Cricket For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Julian Knight
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A complete guide to cricket for players and fans alike

Whether you're a budding player or aspiring armchair expert, Cricket For Dummies helps you get to grips with this fascinating sport. Completely revised and updated for the first back-to-back Ashes series in 38 years, this hands-on guide gives you clear explanations of the cricket's laws, step-by-step explanations of techniques and tactics, and exciting coverage of the tournaments, global rivalries, and great players.

  • Fully revised and updated to chronicle the rise of twenty20 cricket and the IPL, the implementation of DRS, and the changing face of the game
  • Covers cricket basics—the pitch, the laws, the equipment and more
  • Provides an in-depth look at cricket formats
  • Offers a guide to building cricket skills—bowling, batting, and fielding
  • Includes coverage of the best players and the biggest tournaments throughout the world

Complete with Top Ten Lists of the greatest cricketers, the most memorable cricket matches, and the biggest controversies, Cricket For Dummies is your one-stop resource on this popular sport.

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From the Back Cover

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.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1444 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (29 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C4XR6F8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #267,143 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some good stuff, lots of waffle, some omissions 21 Sept. 2013
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I seem to be building up quite a collection of these Dummies books. They all employ a rather whimsical style and vary from extremely good to quite poor. Cricket for Dummies I would rate as pretty average.

The good points are that the basics of bowling, batting and fielding are pretty well covered and illustrated with nice clear diagrams. Furthermore the somewhat complex method of correctly filling out a cricket score-book is described in explicit detail here (I've been playing for over 20 years and some of my peers still shy away from doing the scoring!). The historical material about cricket feats and most memorable matches is fascinating and full of those cricketing facts you will wish to commit to memory.

On the downside, there are some dubious statements - e.g. they claim that bat handle sizes are short, normal or long. In my experience, 95% of bats are SH and 5% are LH. I have not seen any "NH"! They also claim that "A bat can be for life". Nonsense! Even if carefully maintained, a bat will seldom last a regular player more than 2 or 3 seasons (I tend to play 3 times a week in the Summer and then in the Winter indoor league, so perhaps I'm not typical?). Still on bats, only a couple of pages are devoted to choosing the right one, but there's not a single mention of the "Mongoose" style - a curious omission. One element of cricket which remains something of a mystery to me is the (in)famous Duckworth/Lewis method for calculating the result of a game cut short due to the weather. I was therefore looking forward to a detailed explanation of the method's intricacies. Instead, whilst 2 pages are devoted to Duckworth/Lewis, it's almost entirely waffle, cumulating with advice to go and buy the spreadsheet from the University of of West of England!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For player and for watcher, a good guide 23 Oct. 2013
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Cricket for Dummies is a fairly comprehensive guide to summer's great game, both from the point of view of the advancing player and the watcher. Alongside the obligatory explanations of the laws of cricket and what to watch out for, there is a good section on technique, captaincy and preparing to play, going down as far as what kind of cricket bag to choose. This is a good book for a teenager who wants to improve their game, or even for a baffled non-cricketer trying to figure out what is going on.

I haven't played cricket properly for years, and I wasn't much good when I did play it, so I ran this book by a friend who used to play for Warwickshire, and my wife who is Dutch and considers the game to be a piece of English eccentricity. The cricketer thought it contained some pretty good stuff, though he felt it went beyond its brief of being 'for dummies'. He especially commented on the section about choosing your cricket bag -- really one for the enthusiast than for the armchair player or beginner. My wife thought it was all clear, though she still doesn't seem to have got the cricket bug.

I liked this book. If I'd had it when I was a teenager, it's conceivable that I would have been a much better cricketer than I ever was, as I was exactly the kind of teenager who devoured books like these, memorised them, and practised all the moves at home.

If you're thinking of giving this as a gift, though, remember that someone may be insulted by the title!
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By mandynolan TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I love cricket and have played and watched it all my life....A truly great game....BUT.....also a complicated game....This book is excellent for paople who know a lot and people who know nothing about the game....

It includes chapters on the rules, the cultural significance in different countries and why we love to listen to it on the radio....It even has a cool diagram showing what the arm movements of the umpire mean....

Overall, a good buy if you just want to know what its all about or if you just want an easy way to check things.....

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5.0 out of 5 stars All you ever need to know about cricket 1 Sept. 2013
By Elaine Simpson-long VINE VOICE
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The Dummies series of books are now well established and, as always, easy to read, navigate and full of a wealth of information. Many years ago I was slung in the deep end at an office job where they used Windows about which I knew nothing. A quick nip out to the bookshop in my lunch hour, a purchase of Windows for Dummies and I never looked back. I still have that battered old copy and it is still helpful.

I am a cricket lover and when the Test Matches are on go into purdah and my friends know not to disturb me. I flatter myself I know a fair bit about it, I can talk quite learnedly on ground and cover conditions, know the difference between a Flipper and a Yorker but the erudite bits about field placings and tactics still leave me confused.

So this book is perfect. I can skip the bits about which I have knowledge and find out what I want to know to fill in the gaps where I am still ignorant and one of those gaps is field placings. I know Silly Mid On and Slip and Gully and probably third man but the rest elude me and when the pundits are talking about an attacking or a defensive field and list the field places I get bogged down. No more. With this beside me I shall soon know what is what.

As well as all this there is a fascinating chapter on seam bowling, the tactics of captaining a team, the different formats of cricket that we can now see and then a list of the Ten Greatest Ever Cricketers which I have slight reservations about but no matter. We all have our own individual favourites.

A simply terrific book and it will stay by me when I am glued to the next Ashes series which starts in a few months time. Defo a five star book.
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