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Test Cricket Grounds: The Complete Guide to the World's Test Cricket Grounds [Paperback]

John Woods
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1 July 2004
Irishman John Woods spent a year and a day visiting all 58 of the world’s Test cricket grounds in order to research this book. In that time the number increased from 56 to 58 as Australia added Cairns and Darwin to their list. And he added one of his own by visiting Sharjah. He saw 16 Tests and 48 one-dayers although he did not watch cricket at Peshawar because of the security situation when South Africa refused to play and Dehli because the ground was a building site. On his trip to compile the material for this book – 175,000km and 72 flights as well as crossing India by train – he met many great characters and has many wonderful stories. He details the history and statistics for each ground, gives an outline of the cities they are in and recommends places to eat, drink, stay and visit. There book contains advice on travel and the emergency services as well. This is the book for the dedicated cricket fan who wants to watch his country do battle overseas. John Woods also took the photographs of each ground to make sure that fans have the best possible information before they set off.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Sportsbooks; First edition edition (1 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1899807209
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899807208
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 12.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,049,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book is absolutely infused with the Barmy spirit as a result... the Barmy Army has its own backpacking bible. Perfect for anyone anticipating their first trip abroad with England. (Wisden Cricketer)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 23 Sep 2004
This book has everything that a cricket fan needs. You can tell that a lot of thought has gone into it and it is a must for anyone wanting to find out more about Cricket grounds, a great coffee table read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable to the cricket following traveller 16 Aug 2010
I went to the cricket world cup in 2007, travelling round the islands watching the teams and this book was absolutely invaluable - I'm planning to use it for the next world cup in India. It's a travel guide with a slant towards cricket, there is simply no other book like it. You'll need a lonely planet guide or such like to go with it - it is geared towards cricket after all. But as a starting point and companion for any cricket tour planning it is simply invaluable. Well done John Woods.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This guidebook is probably the only one of its kind. Clearly a great deal of effort has gone into visiting and studying some rather obscure parts of the world. However, editing could have been a little better. Some of the statistical tables use player's nicknames rather than the standard forms. Some of the tourist information is sloppy, for instance we are told about trains from Chittagong to Cox's Bazar, while there never has been a railway line there. However, if the cricket tourist carries along a standard guide like Lonely Planet he should be all right.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Interesting Read 29 Jun 2004
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I thought this book was very detailed and helped me through all the informational i required for each cricket ground. I definately recommend this book.
Go for it!
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