How to assess a great bowling performance?
How to measure it in relation to others?
How to find, or attempt to find, the 100
greatest Test ‘five-fers’?

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Every follower of English cricket has a view on who should be in the Test team. In pubs, sports bars, and around family dining tables, lovers of cricket argue about nothing more than the selectors’ choices for the next Test or the next tour.

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In 1970 David Frith published his first book - My Dear Victorious Stod. It won the inaugural Cricket Society Book of the Year award and set a new standard for cricketing biographies.

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Frith's Encounters covers over 100 years of cricket. The author’s contact with players and writers spans a period which takes in Wilfred Rhodes, who told him about bowling to W.G.Grace and Victor Trumper, through to the tragic David Bairstow and Peter Roebuck of the modern era.

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How to assess a great innings?
How to measure it in relation to others?
How to find, or attempt to find, the 100 greatest Test centuries?

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On New Year's Day 1912, the Times published a rallying editorial which highlighted the possiblility that Britain might by the end of the year 'have been wiped out of politics altogether and have become dependent on the will of others'.

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