Dust-jacket reads: This is the most comprehensive book about England Test cricketers ever published. Arranged alphabetically for ease of reference, it is in effect three books in one, presenting as it does profiles, illustrations and complete statistical surveys of each of the 536 players to have been selected for England since Test matches began in March 1877. The unique feature of the book is its statistical treatment of the players concerned. In addition to Test and first-class career summaries, for each player there is a Test-by Test analysis of his England career in tabular form giving batting (position, runs, how out) and bowling (balls, runs, wickets) performances for both innings; catches; and match details such as season, opponents, venue and result. Wicket-keepers' catches, stumpings, byes conceded and balls faced are given for both innings. For those players who have achieved 1000 runs, 50 wickets or 50 wicket-keeping dismissals, there are additional tables which summarize their Test performances series by series. The profiles which accompany the tables are prefaced by biographical details of the players, including teams played for and first-class tours overseas. In his pen portraits, Bill Frindall combines scholarly research and first-hand observation, authority and wit, to place each cricketer within the context of the game as a whole. He also lists a wide variety of 'notable feats' including outstanding performances in all first-class matches. Every England Test cricketer is illustrated, providing the final ingredient in this absorbing work of reference.
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