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Gentlemen and Sledgers
Gentlemen and Sledgers: A History of the ashes in 100 Quotations by Rob Smyth

From the celebrated mock obituary following England's first-ever defeat by Australia on home soil in 1882, to the on-pitch insults (or 'sledges') of today, ashes cricket has spawned nearly as many memorable quotes as it has balls bowled and runs scored.

Gentlemen and Sledgers charts the ebb and flow of Anglo-Australian cricketing fortunes across 131 years and 314 matches by telling the stories behind 100 memorable ashes quotations. From fast bowler Jeff Thomson's classic 'I enjoy hitting a batsman more than getting him out. I like to see blood on the pitch' in 1975, to Michael Clark's notorious advice to Jimmy Anderson to 'get ready for a f****** broken arm' in 2013, the quotations embrace quips, insults, examples of the dark art of sledging – and even the occasional considered cricketing judgement.

Evoking memorable moments and matches as well as highs and lows in the careers of Australia and England's greatest players, Gentlemen and Sledgers is an informal, freewheeling, discursive and entertainingly opinionated history of the ashes.

Head of Zeus * Sport
21 May 2015 * 288pp * £8.99 * 9781784080792
'A wonderful book that is an excellent reminder of cricket's past, some great slices of history backed up with some fantastic pictures ... a must have for all cricket fans and a book that you are able to dip in and out of not just during the summer of cricket'
'The 5-day 5-test ashes series remained throughout one of the most epic contests in the world of sport and Rob's book helps us to appreciate the reasons why'
'A well-written history of the ashes through the years ... there's a grander narrative of the rivalry and the game that is done a good service by this entertaining book'
All Out Cricket

Rob Smyth

Rob Smyth
Rob Smyth is a Guardian and Telegraph sports journalist and the author of The Spirit of Cricket: What Makes Cricket the Greatest Game on Earth, and the co-author of Danish Dynamite: The Story of Football's Greatest Cult Team.
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