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Greatest Ashes Tests [Kindle Edition]

Huw Turbervill
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Botham, Bradman, Grace, Hobbs, Flintoff, Warne, Spofforth, Lillee. So many great players. Lord's, The Oval, Headingley, the MCG, the SCG, the Adelaide Oval. So many iconic venues.

Huw Turbervill, cricket writer for The Daily Telegraph, and the author of 'The Toughest Tour', sifts through 310 Test matches, over 66 series, across 131 years, to assemble a list of the greatest Ashes Tests.

Over the course of history Huw highlights the epic rubbers, staggering comebacks, painful capitulations and sheer bloody-minded heroics from the greatest players throughout cricket’s greatest contest.

The Greatest Ashes Tests is a window into the history of the game and some of its legendary batsmen and bowlers.

Blending narrative and stats with quotations and good judgement Huw Turbervill has written a book to enjoy (and argue with) for when fans are having their lunch – or for when rain stops play – during the summer.

Which Test will Huw deem to be the greatest? And, equally importantly, which one would you pick?

"Huw Turbervill's Greatest Ashes Tests is a short, breezy read, the stories of his top 10 Tests told with wit and passion." The Cricketer magazine

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent digital publisher.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 299 KB
  • Print Length: 66 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd. (18 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DHKVSVK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have 8 July 2013
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Very informative book, full of great information and well written sopeople who know a little about cricket or the expert can all have a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good line and length 26 Jun 2013
Excellent short book, which captures ethos and history of Ashes contests over the years. Author has nice spread of Tests in terms of eras (and also games which are won, lost or drawn). Bradman and Botham Tests stand out, but so do other players and games. Author is a clear lover of the game, but he also writes well and is largely unbiased. Particularly enjoyed re-visiting matches in living memory. Book should whet readers' appetites for coming series.
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What did Don Bradman say as he turned to walk back to the pavilion at The Oval in 1948, having been dismissed for a duck in his final innings and thus denied a Test average of 100? A lesser man might have let slip at least one profanity, but The Don apparently restricted himself to a mere "Fancy that!"

From The Oval in 1882 to Adelaide in 2006 and all points between, Huw Turbervill chronicles in loving detail his personal highlights of the periodic clashes between cricket's greatest rivals, England and Australia. His narrative is sprinkled with the recollections of participants such as Greg Chappell and Ray Illingworth, and with anecdotes such as that of Bradman's verbal restraint. Ian Botham, says Turbervill, claims to this day that the captaincy in the 1981 series did not affect his playing form, despite plentiful evidence to the contrary; George Hirst and Wilfred Rhodes apparently denied that Hirst ever said in 1902 "We'll get 'em in singles", wrecking the illusions of this reviewer, for one.

But at least Fred "The Demon" Spofforth actually did exclaim in 1882, faced with Australia's apparent inevitable defeat, "This thing can be done!" And it was - and so the Ashes were born.

Over the years, this fiercest of all cricket rivalries has produced many mighty battles and heroic individual cameos - so picking just 10 matches would be an unenviable task (apart from a couple of obvious "must-haves"). I was personally disappointed that "Laker's match" of 1956 was not included, nor the peak drama of the Bodyline series, but that is the nature of "best of" compilations - you will never satisfy everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite Sport 6 Sep 2013
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Difficult to choose the best but he has done us proud here, I wish for more of the same, please let me know
5.0 out of 5 stars From Spofforth to Flintoff, an enjoyable dash through the Ashes 12 July 2013
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What did Don Bradman say as he turned to walk back to the pavilion at The Oval in 1948, having been dismissed for a duck in his final innings and thus denied a Test average of 100? A lesser man might have let slip at least one profanity, but The Don apparently restricted himself to a mere "Fancy that!"

From The Oval in 1882 to Adelaide in 2006 and all points between, Huw Turbervill chronicles in loving detail the highlights of the periodic clashes between cricket's greatest rivals, England and Australia. His narrative is sprinkled with the recollections of participants such as Greg Chappell and Ray Illingworth, and with anecdotes such as that of Bradman's verbal restraint. Ian Botham, says Turbervill, claims to this day that the captaincy in the 1981 series did not affect his playing form, despite plentiful evidence to the contrary; George Hirst and Wilfred Rhodes apparently denied that Hirst ever said in 1902 "We'll get 'em in singles", wrecking the illusions of this reviewer, for one.

But at least Fred "The Demon" Spofforth actually did exclaim in 1882, faced with Australia's apparent inevitable defeat, "This thing can be done!" And it was - and so the Ashes were born.

Over the years, this fiercest of all cricket rivalries has produced many mighty battles and heroic individual cameos - so picking just 10 matches would be an unenviable task (apart from a couple of obvious "must-haves"). I was personally disappointed that "Laker's match" of 1956 was not included, nor the peak drama of the Bodyline series, but that is the nature of "best of" compilations - you will never satisfy everyone.

Turbervill, an accomplished cricket writer, has justified each of his "picks" with conviction, and examines each with a relish that draws the reader in and makes them feel they are a part of the action. This book is thoroughly recommended as, at the very least, an enjoyably self-indulgent nostalgia wallow for cricket tragics such as myself, as our latter-day run-stealers begin the latest quest for that tiny but enduringly precious urn. O my Hornby and my Barlow long ago ...
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