Stiff Upper Lips and Baggy Green Caps: A Sledger’s History of the Ashes
Published: November 2, 2006
This looks worth buying. Not out ’til November, obviously…just a couple of weeks before the series starts again, but could help you get through the long winter mornings with the radio glued to your ears (or, we hope, glued to Cricinfo instead…!).
The Anglo-Australian rivalry that began at the Melbourne cricket ground on 15 March 1877 has featured not just heroic deeds with bat and ball but also, in the words of one journalist, ‘some of the loudest rows, fiercest finger-pointing and most unpleasant facial hair in the history of sport’. “Stiff Upper Lips and Baggy Green Caps” brings together the 500 wittiest and most wounding insults from 128 years of Ashes test matches. It shows the cricketing heroes of England and Australia to be as gifted at the coarse arts of insult and abuse as at the finer arts of batting and bowling – from the chilly diplomatic exchanges and hilarious crowd barracking that accompanied England’s controversial Bodyline tour of 1932-3 to the cruelly memorable ‘sledging’ of today’s game, as practised by such masters of the genre as Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath. The thrilling Ashes series of 2005 has whetted appetites for the next chapter in sport’s oldest international contest beginning with the first test match in Brisbane on 23 November 2006. “Stiff Upper Lips and Baggy Green Caps” makes a tasty appetizer before the main course begins…
About the Author
Jonathan Lâ€™Estrange works in publishing and lives in Oxford. When he is not gardening, cooking or walking in the Cotswolds, he muses on whether the time might have finally come to subscribe to Sky for the cricket.