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This is Cricket: In the Spirit of the Game

This autumn, Rizzoli is proud to be publishing a major new book about cricket by Daniel Melamud with a foreword by David Gower.   The second most popular sport in the world, cricket has been played for over three hundred years and in many ways remains largely unchanged.  It is this timelessness that is celebrated in This Is Cricket: In the Spirit of the Game, a record of the eternal elegance of cricket—its greatest and most stylish players, from past heroes to today's stars, along with its idyllic and hallowed grounds.

Crack open the pages of this oversized volume and venture on a journey to the Caribbean, where the fast bowling attack of the West Indies reigned in the 1970s, to India, where cricket soared to new heights in the 1980s and to such idyllic settings as Sir Paul Getty's Ground in Buckinghamshire, U.K., surrounded by rolling countryside and the sport's most hallowed venues, including Lord's (opened by Thomas Lord in 1814) and the Melbourne Cricket Ground, which hosted the first-ever International Test match in 1877.

This Is Cricket captures many of the game's most extraordinary events and players. The striking images of on-field action as well as candid dressing-room moments, many published here for the first time, are taken by some of the most respected photographers in sport. Featuring bucolic village greens, charming pavilions, endearing team portraits, extraordinary catches, devastating bowling, heroic batting, stylish sweaters, and silly fancy dress, This Is Cricket brings to life the incredibly global sport that it is loved by so many.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Daniel Melamud is a writer, editor, photographer, and lifelong cricket enthusiast who captained his primary-school cricket team to a comprehensive defeat at Lord's. David Gower played in 117 Test matches for England between 1978 and 1992, and captained them to a memorable victory in the 1985 Ashes series. He was celebrated throughout the cricket world for the grace and elegance of his batting. Since retiring from playing Gower has been a much-loved commentator.


Written by Daniel Melamud, foreword by David Gower

Hardcover / 9” x 12” / 368 pages / 300 colour and B&W photographs

ISBN: 978-0-8478-6857-5

Rizzoli New York / Release date: October 2020

Credit for the book must read: © This Is Cricket: In the Spirit of the Game by Daniel Melamud, Rizzoli New York, 2020. No image may be used, in print or electronically, without written consent from the publisher. Serial rights are available; please contact Sophie Liardet at

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