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4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of detail, some extraneous, 24 Mar. 2014
This review is from: The Trailblazers: The First English Cricket Tour of Australia, 1861-62 (Paperback)
The first ever cricket tour by an English team in Australia was quite different to the tours of today. In 1861-62, the players – most of whom had never been abroad – faced a two-month sea voyage each way. Once there, the English team mostly faced teams fielding twenty-two opponents, such was the English superiority (if only that was still the case!) David Frith tells the story of the tour in this detailed history. In places, especially towards the beginning, it’s a little too detailed – there is a lot of extraneous information about England in 1861 and the encyclopaedia-style biographies of each player begin to drag. These chapters feel a little like padding. But, a third of the way through the book, the tour gets under way and the book really takes off. Frith tells the story of the matches and the events of the tour, an interesting read that will captivate any cricket historian
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