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Picking the Perfect Cricket Team (Paperback)

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By Benedict Bermange
Imprint: White Owl
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 15 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781526769701
Published: 30th October 2020

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Everyone has always loved to rank sportsmen and which cricket fan hasn’t enjoyed picking their own teams and playing imaginary matches, using dice, cards, table-top games or computers? “You can’t compare eras” is an oft-quoted phrase but it certainly hasn’t stopped countless generations of fans sitting around the school playground, dinner table, pub garden or international match debating who were the greatest players of all time.

In this book players are ranked, split according to their roles. Openers, middle-order batsmen, all-rounders, wicket-keepers, fast bowlers and slow bowlers are all selected in the same proportions in which they make up a team.

In a game awash with numbers, every cricket fan knows what 99.94 and 501 relate to. Some of the numbers explored here transcend the game itself and have become part of cricket’s long historical narrative. I guarantee your list would be different, so let the debates begin!

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About Benedict Bermange

Benedict Bermange inherited his father’s Owzthat rollers at the age of nine and that was the start of a love affair with cricket. He has been part of the ICC Rankings team since the age of twelve and captained Hatfield College while studying at Durham University. In 2006 he joined Sky Sports as their cricket statistician, and in his club cricket career his highest score is 76 and his best bowling figures 6-12.

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