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Crazy: My Road to Redemption Hardcover – 1 Sep 2017
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About the Author
CHRIS LEWIS, former England cricketer, now spends his time coaching children at Harrow Town Cricket Club, playing cricket with Lashings, which takes his beloved sport to cricket clubs up and down the country, and sharing his amazing story. In An Evening with Chris Lewis , the audience get close and Chris throws it open to the floor, showing his willingness to engage with his past, and his hope of making a difference.
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Sadly for him, and for English cricket in general, those days were nowhere near as frequent as they could and should have been. A series of injuries, coupled with intermittent disciplinary issues, helped to ensure that he failed to become the fixture in the national side that his talent may otherwise have warranted.
Lewis's revelations of a match-fixing scandal, leaked to a less-than-sympathetic tabloid, helped bring his career to an inglorious and premature termination. Attempts to revive it, some years later, at the onset of the T20 format to which he would have been ideally suited at his peak, proved to be a spectacular failure and served as a catalyst for the decline which reached its nadir in 2009 with the author's conviction for drug-smuggling.
This book provides an important step along the road to rebuilding Lewis's life and dispelling the demons that have clearly plagued him for much of his recent life. Despite the impression given by the title, he shows little sign of mental distress as he gives a clear and honest recollection of events.
There are a number of typographical errors which the publishers should have taken far greater care to eradicate - one example being the misspelling of the Bourda cricket ground in Georgetown, Guyana, Lewis regularly frequented this venue during his childhood and it was evidently a significant influence upon him.
Nevertheless, this is an important, engaging read which gives an important insight into the mind of a complex, often-misunderstood individual who played a key role in England's progress to a World Cup final and remains the last captain of Leicestershire to lift the County Championship trophy.