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A Last English Summer
Author: Duncan Hamilton

ISBN: 9781849160933
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 367
Published: 1 July 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 3.3
Cricket is undergoing its most radical upheaval since the "Packer Revolution" of the late 1970s. Twenty20 and the Indian Premier League, seen as a short cut to riches by both players and administrators, threaten the future of Test cricket; the County Championship, the traditional but increasingly moribund nursery for England's Test players, struggles to reinvent itself; technology is eroding the authority of umpires.

The age-old weave of the game is being slowly unpicked and rearranged for the modern, global age. 2009 may even be the last summer of cricket as we know it. Against this backdrop Duncan Hamilton embarks on an elegiac odyssey in which he aims to capture the spirit and atmosphere of English cricket before its character is irrevocably altered.

The stopping-points of his journey and the framework on which he hangs his thoughts and observations are 14 significant cricket matches played over the course of the 2009 season from an Ashes Test match to a game of village cricket, from a brash Twenty20 encounter attended by thousands to a sleepy county game watched by five pensioners and a dog.

He not only ex...

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