Cricket Ball

Cricket Ball

By: Gary Cox (author)Hardback

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No object encapsulates the subtle, mysterious richness of cricket as much as its most famous character, the cricket ball: the swinging, bouncing, spinning heart of the glorious game. Gary Cox tells us the life story of the ball in its many guises: new ball, old ball, live ball, dead ball, no-ball, lost ball, swing ball and dot ball. He untangles the complexities of spin bowling (with a little help from Shane Warne), the tricks and cheats involved in ball tampering (including a look at the 2018 Australian scandal) and explores the multi-coloured future of a rapidly changing game. A kaleidoscopic look at the ball through the lenses of everything from philosophy and science to history, politics and biography and the myriad facts and figures of the vast cricket universe, Cox brings you a brimming biography of this legendary leathern orb and the heroes, fools and villains it has created along the way.

About Author

Gary Cox has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Birmingham, UK, where he is also an Honorary Research Fellow. He is author of The Sartre Dictionary, Sartre and Fiction, Sartre: A Guide for the Perplexed, How to Be an Existentialist, The Existentialist's Guide, How to Be a Philosopher, The God Confusion, Deep Thought and Existentialism and Excess - all published by Bloomsbury.


Preface Acknowledgements Contents of the Over First Delivery: Loosener Animated inanimate object A regular Mad Hatter's tea party Watching cricket on the radio Second Delivery: Cricket Ball Surveyed Ideal ball Real ball Perfect handful Third Delivery: Cricket Ball Made What is a cricket ball? Evolution of the rolling globular body Coriaceus orbis Centres of excellence Fourth Delivery : Cricket Ball Played Bowling overarm, not underarm or throwing New ball, old ball, live ball, dead ball, no-ball, lost ball, swing ball, dot ball Ball tampering Fast bowling - pace is nothing without control Length Line Bodyline Spin bowling - the art of confusion Fielding - the art of attentiveness Transcendental ball Fifth Delivery: Cricket Ball Pain Comedy and tragedy Pitches, padding and cane handle bats Death toll Princes, umpires and pigeons Sixth Delivery: Cricket Ball Fame Great players, stats and performances Botham rises from the ashes Easeful Atlas The Gatting Ball The Strauss Ball The Laker Ball The Sobers Six Sixes Ball Seventh Delivery: Umpire Miscounting Bibliography Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781350014589
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 312
  • ID: 9781350014589
  • weight: 436
  • ISBN10: 1350014583

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