MCC MASTERCLASS: THE NEW MCC COACHING BOOK- Buy it here
MCC Masterclass is a unique book on cricket and how it is played. It unites, under the auspices of the MCC and the sympathetic, knowledgeable direction of Tony Lewis, the talents and experiences of eleven international cricketers.
Each player describes and enlarges upon his own speciality – in the cases of Vivian Richards and David Gower, these are respectively, ‘the natural approach to batting’ and `attacking play`. In the same batting chapter Geoffrey Boycott analyses ‘technique and strokes’, from how to grip the bat and play the shots, to preparing to bat and building an innings.
Dennis Lillee opens the bowling chapter by posing the question, ‘can you bowl fast?’, before showing how to test this out and prove it to yourself. Richard Hadlee offers a checklist for ‘preparing your mind and body for bowling’ and writes a particularly fascinating section on ‘reading the batsman’. Both he and Ray Illingworth (on off-spin) point out how ‘the art of bowling is the study of batsmen’.
All the famous contributors underline how cricket properly played should be both aggressive and fun. On the spirit of the game, Geoffrey Boycott says ‘think positively, as he points out that ‘part of the beauty of the batting is to be able to play fast and short-pitched bowling’. And Richie Benaud adds, ‘more important than anything else I have written is the little phrase “enjoy your cricket”‘.
PUBLICATION DATE: January 1994View all Books