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Saving The Test [Kindle Edition]

Mike Jakeman
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As it approaches its 140th birthday, Test cricket remains the most rich, complex and beguiling sport of all. However, it is under pressure like never before. Eclipsed by the heady glamour of Twenty20, compromised by poor administration and struggling to escape a decade of corruption scandals, five-day cricket faces an uncertain future. In this important book Mike Jakeman lays bare the problems facing Test match cricket and, based on interviews with players, administrators, umpires, groundsmen and police, charts a course for the survival of the sport in an age when five days is longer than ever. Foreword by Jon Hotten.

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Mike Jakeman is a writer and editor with the Economist Group, where he spends his time thinking about Asia. He plays Sunday cricket, where he bowls like Paul Collingwood and bats like Chris Martin. He lives in London. This is his first book.

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'an illuminating and important book' --ESPNcricinfo

'a welcome reminder of what the game still has to overcome' --All Out Cricket Magazine

About the Author

Mike Jakeman is a writer and editor with the Economist Group, where he spends his time thinking about Asia. He plays Sunday cricket, where he bowls like Paul Collingwood and bats like Chris Martin. This is his first book.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1395 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ockley Books Ltd (17 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G0030Y2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful, clear, credible and crunchy 5 Nov. 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The blurb on this book models itself as a roadmap for the future of cricket, but it's more GPS than a crusty old OS map. Whilst obviously passionate about the longer form of cricket, Jakeman is no die-hard conservative wistfully harking back to the days before the IPL. He takes a wider, contextual view to identify areas that are holding test cricket back, and limiting its ability to succeed in a changing world. He grapples with the very modern problems of match fixing, match rights, the DRS system and the IPL, before suggesting a way forward for the game to combat each one.
The main enjoyment of the book stems from both the keen, clear writing, and the excellent research that has clearly gone into the thesis. Jakeman has sought access to key figures from across the world of cricket's managing bodies. By resisting the temptation to stick with more obvious views of - say - Beefy Botham, he provides a number of original and enlightening perspectives from individuals who have more control over the game than most casual viewers will realise. This keen leg-work and subsequent reflection has resulted in a credible and achievable way forward for the longer form of game, as well as providing some telling comparisons with other sports that have enjoyed escalating popularity - particularly baseball.

Recommended for all thinking sports fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 7 Nov. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
So much sport non-fiction is either tedious ghost-written junk, or the good idea of a super-fan stretched far beyond its capabilities so that the funny first chapter is long forgotten by the time you give up. This book reminds us that a good journalist, writing with knowledge, clarity and an understanding of how to bring wider themes together, can produce a compelling and enjoyable piece.

Mike Jakeman writes wonderfully. This book brings to mind a good New Yorker article, taking a topic you may have thought little about and making it captivating and important.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly intelligent book 3 Mar. 2014
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I've read a lot of rubbish cricket books but this one was a breath of fresh air. True, the cover is pretty boring, but ignore that. The best thing about this book is that the author is not a member of the cricketing establishment so this book is not tedious and politically correct like so many other cricket books I have read (several ghost-written 'autobiographies' spring to mind). The author is clearly a cricket fan himself and basically seems to be sick of the current state of play in the cricketing world. So he describes several simple things that need to change, and then goes into some serious depth analysing the tangible evidence to support his argument.

I'm glad that the book didn't become a nostalgic whinge and the author did not dumb anything down. For this reason, those who have some knowledge about cricket should love this book, but this is definitely not an 'introduction to cricket' and a reader without some background in the game will probably become lost. But I think that's why I loved this book. It's not trying to be everything to everyone. It's trying to 'tell it like it is' to people who care about cricket.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting in parts. 24 Jun. 2015
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An odd book.
I found it quite hard going, although the topic outlined in the title is something I worry about often. I fear that we may the last generation to watch regular Test cricket, and I am also of the opinion that India and the other Test playing countries might soon fall out badly.
It may be harsh to criticise Jackman for being good at outlining the problems, but less good at suggesting answers, but the book is called 'Saving the Test'. His analysis is good, but I don't think he throws out any new ideas at all, on how Test cricket might be saved.
The whole DRS section is strange. Jackman appears to want the evidence to show a different conclusion from that which it clearly does. Umpires make far too many mistakes, they favour batsmen, and they often ruin games. It is not always their fault, their job is virtually impossible. DRS alleviates all of those factors, and has had massive beneficial effects on Test cricket.

Jackman has strange ideas about spin bowling in general. Unless you could be a really, really top class leg spinner, and there have only been a handful in the last 60 years, anyone would want to be a slow left armer, so they have never been at as much risk as off-spinners, the main beneficiaries of both DRS and the relaxation of the rules on throwing.
The question of throwing is an area which Jackman doesn't cover at all, but the game now has a number of effective Test off- spinners, who would have been regarded as chuckers until the last 15 years or so. They have huge advantages over the traditional straight arm spinners, and coupled with DRS, have brought off-spinning back as a real weapon in Test cricket.
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