Author(s): DELLOR RALPH & LAMB STEPHEN
This updated version of the best-selling Little Book of Ashes is being launched to tie in with the current summer Test series against India, the number one team in the world. Updated by the editorial team behind the country's leading independent cricket magazine, All Out Cricket, the 128-page fully illustrated gift book contains all the highlights of the recent five-match series. Among the magic moments were double centuries from Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen, as well as Mike Hussey's record-breaking run of scores and Peter Siddle's first match hat-trick. The Little Book of Ashes traces the history of the Anglo-Australian rivalry right back to the days of Grace and Spofforth and the great Test match of 1882 in which both men took part. It was the match that included the famous mock obituary mourning the death of English cricket, which concluded with the idea that the body would be cremated and the ashes taken back to Australia--and the legendary bi-annual series began.