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Gary Cox tells us the life story of the ball in its many guises: new ball, old ball, live ball, dead ball, no-ball, lost ball, swing ball and dot ball. He untangles the complexities of spin bowling (with a little help from Shane Warne), the tricks and cheats involved in ball tampering (including a look at the 2018 Australian scandal) and explores the multi-coloured future of a rapidly changing game.
A kaleidoscopic look at the ball through the lenses of everything from philosophy and science to history, politics and biography and the myriad facts and figures of the vast cricket universe, Cox brings you a brimming biography of this legendary leathern orb and the heroes, fools and villains it has created along the way.
Contents of the Over
First Delivery: Loosener
Animated inanimate object
A regular Mad Hatter's tea party
Watching cricket on the radio
Second Delivery: Cricket Ball Surveyed
Third Delivery: Cricket Ball Made
What is a cricket ball?
Evolution of the rolling globular body
Centres of excellence
Fourth Delivery : Cricket Ball Played
Bowling overarm, not underarm or throwing
New ball, old ball, live ball, dead ball, no-ball, lost ball, swing ball, dot ball
Fast bowling - pace is nothing without control
Spin bowling - the art of confusion
Fielding - the art of attentiveness
Fifth Delivery: Cricket Ball Pain
Comedy and tragedy
Pitches, padding and cane handle bats
Princes, umpires and pigeons
Sixth Delivery: Cricket Ball Fame
Great players, stats and performances
Botham rises from the ashes
The Gatting Ball
The Strauss Ball
The Laker Ball
The Sobers Six Sixes Ball
Seventh Delivery: Umpire Miscounting
A fascinating journey through the ever popular, time-honoured, thrilling, complex and peculiar game of cricket, that takes the cricket ball, the coriaceus orbis, as its central theme, driving force and guiding light.