Never a Gentleman's Game: The Scandal-filled Early Years of Test Cricket

Never a Gentleman's Game: The Scandal-filled Early Years of Test Cricket


in comparison with the controversies of latest cricket - riven because it is with match-fixing, playing, dishonest and nationwide politics - most folk contemplate the early days of try cricket as a time of gentlemanly festival and camaraderie, with any disputes settled by way of Queensberry ideas over a pitcher of port. now not so. Cricket among the 1870s and 1914 was once fraught with the exact same sour, vicious and grasping undesirable behaviour because the present online game. It was once cricket within the uncooked, explored extensive for the 1st time by means of the insightful eye of Malcolm Knox, with a real affection for the legends of the day - gamers like WG Grace, Fred Spofforth, Victor Trumper, Joe Darling, Monty Noble and Stanley Jackson.

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