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An England cricket tour is a phenomenon with few parallels. England's Test, one-day and Twenty20 sides are typically overseas for around 150 days a year, playing anywhere from Barbados to Brisbane, Cape Town to Colombo. Since 1877, they have fulfilled more than 1,000 fixtures away from home.

In this definitive history, Simon Wilde explores England's tours from every angle. He celebrates the great team performances and individual feats - from James Lillywhite to Ben Stokes, every captain has aspired to venture abroad and return a hero - but also tells of adventure and misadventure, mishaps and scandal.

Even though the modern-day tour resembles a business trip rather than the great voyages of the past, they remain fragile enterprises and the mental toll can be heavy. As international cricket faces competition from franchise tournaments around the world, is the future of the tour in jeopardy?

'A fine and comprehensive history'
The Times

About The Author


Simon Wilde is a journalist and author. He has written for The Times and Sunday Times since 1998, and is currently the latter's cricket correspondent. Three of his books have been shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award, and his most recent book was the acclaimed England: The Biography. He lives in Hampshire.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (January 18, 2024)
  • Length: 592 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781471198502

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Raves and Reviews

‘This entertaining account is as much social history as sports reporting, as he engagingly dissects the various political, economic, social and practical aspects of sending England teams around the world, as well as delving into how England teams can be successful overseas’

– Country Life

‘A superbly researched mix of analysis and anecdote . . . hugely readable and highly recommended’

– Cricketer

‘No sport has tours like cricket tours . . . which is why Simon Wilde’s comprehensive history of the English cricket team abroad is so packed with interest . . . Riveting’

– Daily Mail

'A fine and comprehensive history . . . plenty of fun tales'

– The Times

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