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By Andrew Ramsey

'For so long as the sport of cricket has been performed across the world, there were journos "on the tour" ... lifestyles at the street is hard. yet as you're approximately to event, it's bloody exciting as well.' Adam Gilchrist

Cricket author Andrew Ramsey's activity was once to be on journey with the world's maximum cricket staff over a decade whilst it had no peer. the incorrect LINE chronicles the privileges and pitfalls of a lifestyles spent trotting the globe, putting out with activities stars, and being paid to monitor cricket - an profession seemed by way of numerous cricket and trip enthusiasts alike as 'the world's most sensible job', even if it renders you on my own and at risk with just a three-thumbed taxi motive force for support.

Set in the players' dressing room and at the crew bus; on the bar, the breakfast desk, or even in a haunted medieval fortress; in England, the West Indies and India, in addition to Sharjah, Bangladesh, Kenya and Hong Kong - the inaccurate LINE offers a ringside seat at essentially the most memorable cricket occasions, together with the outstanding 1999 international Cup and Australia's chaotic 2005 Ashes campaign.

A travel diary in contrast to any you've ever learn, it gives you a unprecedented perception into the off-field lifestyles, personality and options of a few of the game's all-time greats, together with Stephen Waugh, Shane Warne, Ricky Ponting, Glenn McGrath, Adam Gilchrist and Brian Lara.

'This is the cricket ebook of the summer time. You won't locate an account of the sport its major avid gamers instructed during this approach wherever else. It's a clean swap, and one worth the read.' - LAUNCESTON EXAMINER

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The truth that the Australians gained the 1st 4 one-day suits so as to add one other nameless trophy to that never-published record was once as a lot a testomony to their skill to modify on whilst required because it was once an indictment in their competition. The West Indian crew that were uncovered as a divided, bored to death rabble within the exams used to be even much less engaged within the shorter shape. and no-one greater characterized that indifference than their skipper. getting ready to go away the verdant, volcanic island of St Lucia for Trinidad after the 3rd one-dayer, our airplane, with its load of stressed passengers, sat immobile at the tarmac for greater than fifteen mins waiting for the arriving of a final, tardy tourist. Brian Lara ultimately seemed, swaggering in the direction of the rear looking for his seat. He used to be conspicuous, now not rather a lot via his belated front, yet by way of his dresses. no longer for him the gray, eco-friendly and maroon polo blouse and shrewdpermanent company trousers of his teammates, who had skipped city on an past flight. Lara used to be decked out in a white sleeveless T-shirt, boldly exhibiting the leopard’s head tattoo on his correct bicep, frayed denims, black leather-based sneakers, outsized sun shades mounted firmly in position, and a thick gold chain round his neck. He appeared like he may have walked immediately out of a nightclub. Which he had. He stopped within the aisle instantly among my seat, and 2 guffawing younger girls. He smiled at them, checked out me, and zeroed in at the spare seat to my left. ‘How you doin’? ’ he greeted me, whereas stuffing his shoulder satchel into the locker above my head. ‘Hey, you brain movin’ over so i will be able to sit down the place you're? ’ I knew it wasn’t my corporation he sought, so I fortunately agreed and we strapped ourselves in. ‘That’s strong of you, man,’ he stated. ‘By the best way, I been meanin’ to invite you for some time. the way you enjoyin’ this journey to de Wess Indies? It’s been decades at the highway in your men. ’ Our dialog persevered until eventually we touched down in Port-of-Spain, albeit with ordinary interruptions as he flirted around the aisle. Our dialogue was once principally pushed by way of Lara, who used to be suspiciously satisfied to voice critiques on any variety of topics. They incorporated a brutal evaluation of a few of his teammates (‘I suggest, Marlon Samuels. Wass he ever completed to be walkin’ around so cool? I say to him, “Try losin’ the colours and makin’ a few runs”). His ardour for Trinidad’s Rio-style pre-Lent mardi gras (‘I don’t care what the cricket agenda says, I obtained to be at domestic for Carnival’), to the stewardess from whom he ordered a few cans of neighborhood Trinidadian beer (‘How previous you reckon she is? I knew her whilst she was once in her early twenties, if you happen to be aware of what I suggest. And she’s now not lookin’ any older now’). Lara nudged me within the ribs as she lower back along with his beverages, and he whispered whatever to her that rendered her wide-eyed as he passed over a fistful of pale pink Trinidadian funds. He then provided one of many beers to me. ‘For you, guy. Tanks for givin’ up your seat. And welcome to Chrinidad,’ he acknowledged, because the crack and hiss of freshly opened cans drew disapproving appears to be like from all however the women.

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