In The Immortals of English Cricket, Bill Ricquier tells the cricketing life stories of eleven of England's greatest (male) cricketers. Ricquier selects his Immortal English team from players who didn't just dominate, they changed the game with their sheer will.
Those portrayed include: Jack Hobbs, the highest run-scorer in the history of first-class cricket; Ian Botham, who was the most famous sportsman in the country in the 1980s; and James Anderson, England's leading Test wicket taker. Selected also is Wilfred Rhodes, the legendary slow left arm bowler who made almost 40,000 first-class runs and took over 4,000 first-class wickets, and the extraordinary Fred Trueman, described as the "finest bloody fast bowler that ever drew breath."
The Immortals of English Cricket will inspire discussion, debate and controversy but indisputably represents a team of remarkable skill and character, one to proudly represent the Crown and Three Lions on any Elysian field.
Bill Ricquier is a lawyer and cricket person, born and raised in England, who has practised and taught law in Singapore and England for over 30 years. Born in Hampshire, England into a cricket loving family, he still has vivid memories of his first visit to the County Ground, Southampton as an eight-year-old. His first cricket book, co-authored with his brother and a friend, was Hampshire: 100 Greats. This was followed by The Indian Masters and The Pakistani Masters, each of which was published in England and India. Bill Ricquier is a cricket historian and cricket blog writer for From The Pavilion End, which focuses on current cricketing events, but also explores the game's rich history, often using current events as a peg to examine cricketers and matches of the past. www.billpavilionend.com
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