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By Christopher Martin-Jenkins

Christopher Martin-Jenkins, or CMJ to his many lovers in addition to listeners of try out fit certain, might be the voice of cricket; an extraordinary authority whose perception and fervour for cricket in addition to his type of observation have captured what it truly is that makes the game so exact. In his a long time as a commentator and journalist - reporting for the BBC, the days and the Cricketer between others - CMJ has coated the various greatest moments within the sport's historical past. And during this memoir CMJ appears to be like again on a life-time spent in provider to this so much extraordinary and beguiling of activities and tells the tales of the avid gamers, coaches and fanatics he met alongside the way in which. acknowledged with all of the heat and vigor that has endeared CMJ to generations of cricket lovers, this memoir relives the moments that outlined sleek cricket and which formed his existence in flip. it's a must-have e-book for all devotees of the sport.

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

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