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Cricket For Dummies

Cricket For Dummies

Julian Knight, Gary Palmer (Consulting Editor), Steve Bull (Foreword by)

ISBN: 978-1-119-99656-9

Feb 2011

340 pages


Whether you’re a weekend cricketer or aspiring armchair expert, Cricket For Dummies helps you make sense of this fascinating sport. Not just a jargon busting guide to cricket’s laws, techniques and tactics, it also contains advice on kitting yourself out and provides lessons on playing the game and improving your batting, bowling and fielding skills. For the budding fan, there’s a guide to the greatest players, the memorable matches, and a tour through the cricketing scene – both domestic and international – giving you the knowledge you need to fully appreciate this special game.

This book has been updated for the Ashes 2009, featuring revised information on new players, the Indian premier league, Stanford 20:20 and the latest coverage of past and future competitions.

Julian Knight is a BBC journalist, writer, and cricket enthusiast. He is a former youth coach and captain, and has been a club cricketer for over 20 years.
Consultant Editor Gary Palmer played first class cricket for ten years with Somerset before becoming a professional coach.



Part I: Getting Started.

Chapter 1: Taking In the Joy of Cricket.

Chapter 2: Getting to Grips with the Basics.

Chapter 3: From 20 Overs to 5 Days: The Many Formats of Cricket.

Chapter 4: Grabbing the Right Gear: Cricket Equipment.

Part II: Playing the Game.

Chapter 5: Honing Your Batting Skills.

Chapter 6: Making it Big As a Bowler.

Chapter 7: Fielding Made Easy.

Chapter 8: Talking Tactics: Captaining a Cricket Team.

Chapter 9: Talented Training and Cricket Coaching.

Part III: Welcome to Planet Cricket.

Chapter 10: Grasping the Global Rivalries.

Chapter 11: Taking in Big International Tournaments.

Chapter 12: The Domestic Cricket Scene.

Chapter 13: Becoming a Cricket Fan.

Part IV: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 14: Ten Greatest Ever Cricketers.

Chapter 15: Ten Most Memorable Cricket Matches.

Chapter 16: Ten Mind-boggling Cricket Feats.

Chapter 17: Ten Great Cricket Controversies.


"A jargon-busting, comprehensive guide to cricket." (Cricket World, November 2006)