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For player and for watcher, a good guide
on 23 October 2013
Cricket for Dummies is a fairly comprehensive guide to summer's great game, both from the point of view of the advancing player and the watcher. Alongside the obligatory explanations of the laws of cricket and what to watch out for, there is a good section on technique, captaincy and preparing to play, going down as far as what kind of cricket bag to choose. This is a good book for a teenager who wants to improve their game, or even for a baffled non-cricketer trying to figure out what is going on.
I haven't played cricket properly for years, and I wasn't much good when I did play it, so I ran this book by a friend who used to play for Warwickshire, and my wife who is Dutch and considers the game to be a piece of English eccentricity. The cricketer thought it contained some pretty good stuff, though he felt it went beyond its brief of being 'for dummies'. He especially commented on the section about choosing your cricket bag -- really one for the enthusiast than for the armchair player or beginner. My wife thought it was all clear, though she still doesn't seem to have got the cricket bug.
I liked this book. If I'd had it when I was a teenager, it's conceivable that I would have been a much better cricketer than I ever was, as I was exactly the kind of teenager who devoured books like these, memorised them, and practised all the moves at home.
If you're thinking of giving this as a gift, though, remember that someone may be insulted by the title!