Gentlemen and Sledgers: A History of the Ashes in 100 Quotations (Hardcover) by Smyth Rob
From the celebrated mock obituary following England's first-ever defeat by Australia on home soil in 1882 to the on-pitch insults (or 'sledges') of today Ashes cricket has spawned nearly as many memorable quotes as it has balls bowled and runs scored. GENTLEMEN AND SLEDGERScharts the ebb and flow of Anglo-Australian cricketing fortunes across 131 years and 314 matches by telling the stories behind 100 memorable Ashes quotations. From fast bowler Jeff Thomson's classic 'I enjoy hitting a batsman more than getting him out. I like to see blood on the pitch' in 1975 to Michael Clark's notorious advice to Jimmy Anderson to 'get ready for a f****** broken arm' in 2013 the quotations embrace quips insults examples of the dark art of sledging - and even the occasional considered cricketing judgement. Evoking memorable moments and matches as well as highs and lows in the careers of Australia and England's greatest players GENTLEMEN AND SLEDGERS is an informal freewheeling discursive and entertainingly opinionated history of the Ashes.