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By Christopher Martin-Jenkins

Christopher Martin-Jenkins, or CMJ to his many lovers in addition to listeners of try fit specified, might be the voice of cricket; an extraordinary authority whose perception and keenness for cricket in addition to his kind of observation have captured what it's that makes the game so specified. In his decades as a commentator and journalist - reporting for the BBC, the days and the Cricketer between others - CMJ has lined the various greatest moments within the sport's background. And during this memoir CMJ seems again on an entire life spent in provider to this so much strange and beguiling of activities and tells the tales of the avid gamers, coaches and lovers he met alongside the best way. acknowledged with the entire heat and vigor that has endeared CMJ to generations of cricket fanatics, this memoir relives the moments that outlined smooth cricket and which formed his existence in flip. it's a must-have ebook for all devotees of the sport.

Christopher Martin-Jenkins was once the executive Cricket Correspondent of the days. he's the writer of numerous past books together with AUSTRALIAN summer season (Faber & Faber, 1999).

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