David Gower: Half-Century Book Review

David Gower’s Half-Century: The Fifty Greatest Cricketers of all Time, is an essential read for the cricket enthusiast. It’s a great opportunity to familiarise yourself with details of players from bygone eras, ones that you may have heard of and have some knowledge of but for whom acquiring more information on would be healthy. Isn’t part of being a cricket fan having strong knowledge of the achievements of those in the past, of those who helped shape our game and the success that the current crop of players strive for?

Not surprisingly the book is in bite-sized chunks, overs if you like. Each player gets about four pages and a photo, allowing you to pick up and put down the book at convenient stages.

I’m often appalled at the numerous spelling and grammatical errors that modern publications are riddled with but I’m pleased to say that they are few and far between in this book, just the odd play and miss but no losing your wicket!

I know David Gower more from They Think it’s all Over than anything else and he writes well, in the style that I’m led to believe he provides in his commentary. He had some help from Simon Wilde and provides strong statistical analysis as well as crucially going beyond the numbers including recalling first-hand experience. He does this without sounding above himself.

I read this book in a matter of days. That’s unusual for me but when you’re reading about something that you’re interested in it’s more easily done… than if you weren’t interested. Like I say, the bite-size reading chunks helped!

Get your hands on a copy and you shouldn’t be disappointed.

David Gower’s Half-Century: The Fifty Greatest Cricketers of all Time scores…

95 not out

Well batted!

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