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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (20 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471127907
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471127908
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 330,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Marlow on 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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By Neutral VINE VOICE on 21 Dec. 2014
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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 By Charlie on 3 Sept. 2013
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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 By Jambro on 12 Aug. 2013
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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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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 By Pauline Webb on 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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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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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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