Here’s are some cricket books that I’ve read that I’d thoroughly recommend you do too. Some books I read before I started this blog but where I’ve already reviewed a book, I’ve provided the link.
Ed Smith Playing Hardball
There’s a great line in this book that explains the fundamental difference between baseball and cricket. It’s one that’s really good to have a handle on to understand the one of the two you’re less familiar with.
Tim Lane and Elliot Cartledge Chasing Shadows: The Life and Death of Peter Roebuck
A book bound to stir discomfort amongst some, this seems a fairly written effort of a delicate subject, a delicate life. I can’t claim to have been overly familiar with Roebuck before reading this book recently. Of course I knew the name but as I wrote in my review… I judged the book and not the man.
Christopher Lee Howzat
An insight into Kerry Packer and how he changed the face of cricket. It’s all very apt given the so many changes occurring on the global cricket horizon right now and in the not too distant past. Traditionalists may despise him but cricket would look a lot different if it weren’t for Packer or certainly wouldn’t have progressed at the same rate.
Peter Obourne Wounded Tiger: A History of Cricket in Pakistan
What’s great about this book is that you don’t just learn about the history of cricket in Pakistan but about the history of Pakistan in general. Not surprisingly, it’s an exhaustive read but one that makes me long to discover written histories of other cricket nations.
The following three books are essential reading for fans like me who long for the game to blossom outside of the Test circuit.
Tim Brooks Cricket on the Continent
Tim Wigmore and Peter Miller Second XI: Cricket in its Outposts
Roy Morgan Real International Cricket: A History in One Hundred Scorecards
There are others, some that I’ve enjoyed, others that I haven’t. You can find all my book reviews here…
I’ve currently got a stash of more bat ‘n’ ball themed books waiting to be read so look out for more reviews in 2019!