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Postcards from the Beach: Phil Tufnell’s alternative 1998 West Indies Tour diary Paperback – 15 Jun 1998
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From the Back Cover
“GOOD LUCK, MICHAEL . . . GOOD LUCK, ANGUS . . . AH, TUFNELL. YOU WILL TRY NOT TO GET INTO ANY TROUBLE, WONT YOU?”
So said Lord MacLaurin as the England touring party headed for the Caribbean in January 1998 – and who could blame him? Certainly not the inimitable 'Tuffers' himself, English cricket's most notoriously accident-prone tourist, who freely admits to having been in more scrapes abroad than the rest of his team-mates put together.
In his revealing behind -the -scenes diary of the West Indies tour, Phil Tufnell, with the help of journalist Peter Hayter records the ups and downs of that series, including the farcical abandoned test in Jamaica and the nail-biting (or in his case fag-smoking) victory in Trinidad -not forgetting his own batting heroics in Guyana when he helped save the follow-on.
With his trademark dry humour Tufnell describes the mood swings in the dressing-room as the tour moves on to Barbados and Antigua and the England supporters arrive in force. In between he entertains us with his unique observations on love, life and net practice.
Move over Bridget Jones, Tuffners has arrived.
About the Author
Phil Tufnell has played 23 times for England in a Test career spanning eight years. In the final Ashes Test of last summer, he took a career-best eleven wickets, earning him a place on the 1998 West Indies tour. He is married to Lisa and has a baby daughter, Poppy.
Peter Hayter is the cricket correspondent of the Mail on Sunday. He collaborated with Ian Botham in writing his bestselling autobiography and, most recently, The Botham Report.
Top customer reviews
There are any number of word pictures painted within these pages and it is quite clear that Tufnell is as dedicated to cricket as he is to enjoying as much of the touring process as he can.
I would recommend the moments of Mark Ramprakash's century and the resignation of Michael Atherton as the most moving and enlightening of the book.
I can thoroughly recommend this most entartaining tour diary. However I must say that this book, unfortunately has some of the most slapdash editing and printing that I have ever seen. For that alone the book loses a mark.
I found the book very difficult to put down once I started reading it. The abandoned Test Match in Jamaica is brilliantly described by Tuffers, the mayhem in the changing room and the relief when the game is finally called off is evident in his writing.
I'd reccomend this book to any cricket supporter, it's great to know what happens behind the scenes on a cricket tour and Tuffers gives a brilliant insight in this book.
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