The Crisis of Captaincy

The Crisis of Captaincy : Servant and Master in English Cricket

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A history of first-class cricket captains from the early 19th century to the present. The author begins with an appraisal of the situation which led to David Gower's replacement as Captain of England by Mike Gatting. The distinction between classes in cricket is traced back to the earliest days with the gentry leading sides and employing professionals as bowlers. Although players such as Grace and MacLaren were excellent amateur cricketers, there were many others who, although inadequate as players, captained sides because of their social status. The tension and resentment created by this situation lasted until the Second World War, after which social attitudes changed and caused upheavals at Kent and Gloucestershire anmong other counties. Even after the amateur/professional distinction was abolished in the early 1960s, there remained an awarenesss of social class which has lingered to the present day. The cases of Brearley, Fletcher, Willis, Botham and Nicholas are examined in detail.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 150 x 230mm
  • Christopher Helm Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 40 b&w photographs, index
  • 0747020043
  • 9780747020042

Table of contents

Prelude; the legacy; business commitments and the golden age; between the acts; the age of Bradman; the twilight of the amateur; the age of the professional; prophets from afar; Brearley and Botham; winning - the cause for concern. A comparative table of 31 Test captains and their percentage of success. Index.
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