Ambassadors of Goodwill

Ambassadors of Goodwill : MCC tours 1946/47-1970/71

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Since Victorian times, the MCC had embraced the amateur ideal that cricket was more than a game. It was the very essence of camaraderie and good sportsmanship. Yet for all their evangelising, the game's privileged elite were part of a British establishment which revelled in its national prestige and imperial hegemony. And winning at cricket was essential to maintaining that stature. Ambassadors of Goodwill assesses the MCC's attempt to marry these conflicting objectives and foster goodwill within the Empire via long, formal overseas tours. After the war, the amateur ideal suffered when Len Hutton was appointed England's first professional captain. His uncompromising leadership brought success on the field but discord off it. Managers were installed to restore diplomatic harmony but, with the growing upheavals of the late 60s, cricket became increasingly associated with nationality, race and professional cynicism. Ray Illingworth's controversial win in Australia in 1970/71 clearly signalled the MCC's waning influence.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 160 x 240 x 29mm | 697g
  • Pitch Publishing Ltd
  • Hove, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Includes photo section
  • 1785313800
  • 9781785313806

About Mark Peel

Mark Peel is the author of ten books including England Expects: A Biography of Ken Barrington (winner of the 1993 Cricket Society Literary Award), Cricketing Falstaff: A Biography of Colin Milburn and The Last Roman: A Biography of Colin Cowdrey. Mark is a contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
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