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The Gloves are Off: My Life in Cricket [Kindle Edition]

Matt Prior
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Since he took over the gloves in the England side in 2007, Matt Prior has become a vital part of England's subsequent success and strategy. In this book he looks at the key moments of his career to reveal how England achieved so much success, winning two Ashes series and rising to the top of the international rankings. From touring India in the aftermath of the Mumbai terrorist attacks to joining in the celebrations with the Barmy Army in Australia, Prior has seen it all.
But what makes Prior's perspective unique is his position at the heart of the action as England's wicket-keeper. He is the man who hears all the banter and sledging; he is the one who gets the best view of some of the world's greatest batsmen up close and personal. Given all that, who better to show what the life of a modern England cricketer is really like than the man at the centre of it all: Matt Prior?

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About the Author

England wicket-keeper Matt Prior was born in Johannesburg in 1982 and has won more than 60 caps for his country, becoming arguably the greatest all-rounder in the game today, averaging more than 43 with the bat while approaching 200 victims behind the stumps. He lives with his family in Brighton, and also plays for Sussex.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3502 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (20 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AHEMZHU
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,072 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly engaging 30 July 2013
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I've always found Sports autobiographies to be a little hit and miss, so I was pleasantly surprised by this one. "Autobiography" is probably the wrong term, as the book starts with Prior's first Test, rather than anything from his earlier life and deals with very little outside his cricket career. The prose is absorbing and well-written, although I did find that the sections tended to be rather long, which made the book difficult to pick up and put down for a quick read. Overall I would recommend, but if you're not a big cricket fan be warned that the book is very centered on it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Play Up And Play The Game 21 Dec. 2014
By Neutral VINE VOICE
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For those of us who simply see cricket as bowler against batsman Matt Prior provides an interesting insight into the life of a modern cricketer. Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of that life is the illusion that cricket is a game for gentlemen and by the end of the book any notion that 'it's just not cricket' has been destroyed by references to sledging, foul language and cheating. Prior himself was often accused of arrogance which he denies, attributing this misinterpretation of his persona as confidence. The downside of confidence is over-sensitivity which Prior experienced in 2008 when he was dropped from the England team. He claims, ' No one should ever underestimate the effect being dropped can have on you. Mentally it can leave the deepest scars....(and) some just never come to to terms with being left out by England'. Yet the response of professional sportspeople tends to fall into two categories. When Steve Ovett was not selected for a major Games he decided he would become so good he would never be left out of the team again. Those who give in should ask themselves whether they are professional enough in the first instance.

Prior's response was to consider giving up wicket keeping and concentrate solely on batting but Alec Stewart, who like Prior was a batsman who kept wicket ,encouraged the Sussex man to keep at it for another year. Prior realised he wasn't working hard enough at his keeping technique and he rectified this by practicing with Peter Moores, Bruce French and Rod Marsh and learning the difference between the English and Australian methods, finally settling for a combination of the two.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 3 Sept. 2013
By Charlie
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THis is a great indsight into the life of the modern day cricketer and a real gentlemen that Matt Prior is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Prior Knowledge 12 Aug. 2013
By Jambro
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Good account of a batsman turned wicketkeeper, who is as honest in words as he is in runs. Good read
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4.0 out of 5 stars LIFE OF AN ENGLISH WICKET-KEEPER 19 Dec. 2014
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed this book. The writing was straight-forward, and it was interesting to learn about the techniques and requirements of a wicket-keeper, and the demands that it makes on your body. I enjoyed reading about the training undertaken in Germany, and how that had a positive effect on team morale in the following test match.
A book for cricket lovers as there is some technical detail, especially about 'reverse swing' There was very little detail about Matthew's early life,but then so what. The subject areas that he covered were fine and interesting. Good read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 25 Sept. 2013
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If you follow cricket you will really enjoy this book - Very honest account by Matt Prior, Very good read
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By EvilGP
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A good easy read. Conversational. With some nice anecdotes and insights into the lives of top professional sportsmen. Recommended for cricket lovers
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting book for the cricket fan. 20 Dec. 2013
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I was hoping for further insights into the life of a cricketer, though this was sadly not really forthcoming. more a veneer of life and events
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