The Cambridge Companion to Cricket by Anthony BatemanThe Cambridge Companion to Cricket by Anthony Bateman

The Cambridge Companion to Cricket

EditorAnthony Bateman, Jeffrey Hill

Paperback | April 29, 2011

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Few other team sports can equal the global reach of cricket. Rich in history and tradition, it is both quintessentially English and expansively international, a game that has evolved and changed dramatically in recent times. Demonstrating how the history of cricket and its international popularity is entwined with British imperial expansion, this book examines the social and political impact of the game in a variety of cultural sites: the West Indies, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. An international team of contributors explores the enduring influence of cricket on English identity, examines why cricket has seized the imagination of so many literary figures and provides profiles of iconic players including Bradman, Lara and Tendulkar. Presenting a global panoramic view of cricket's complicated development, its unique adaptability and its political and sporting controversies, the book provides a rich insight into a unique sporting and cultural heritage.
Title:The Cambridge Companion to CricketFormat:PaperbackDimensions:306 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.55 inPublished:April 29, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521167876

ISBN - 13:9780521167871

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Table of Contents

Cricket: a chronology; Introduction Anthony Bateman and Jeffrey Hill; 1. Cricket pastoral and Englishness Anthony Bateman; 2. Cricket in the eighteenth century Rob Light; 3. Cricket and corruption David Frith; 4. Broadcasting and cricket in England Jack Williams; 5. Bodyline, Jardine and masculinity Patrick F. McDevitt; 6. Don Bradman: just a boy from Bowral Tom Heenan and David Dunstan; 7. The Packer cricket war Richard Cashman; 8. New Zealand cricket and the colonial relationship Greg Ryan; 9. C. L. R. James and cricket Kenneth Surin; 10. Reading Brian Lara and the traditions of Caribbean cricket poetry Claire Westall; 11. The detachment of West Indies cricket from the nationalist scaffold Hilary McD. Beckles; 12. The Indian Premier League and world cricket Boria Majumdar; 13. Hero, celebrity and icon: Sachin Tendulkar and Indian public culture Prashant Kidambi; 14. Conflicting loyalties: nationalism and religion in India-Pakistan cricket relations Mihir Bose; 15. Cricket and representations of beauty: Newlands cricket ground and the roots of apartheid in South African cricket Andre Odendaal; 16. Writing the modern game Rob Steen; 17. Cricket and international politics Stephen Wagg and Jon Gemmell; Further reading.

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'... will interest the serious student of the game ... well researched and intelligently written.' Sixtyplussurfers (