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The Art of Captaincy


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The 1981 Ashes, Ian Botham, Sports Psychology, Sport & Business

Table of Contents

    • Acknowledgements - i: Acknowledgements
    • Section - ii: Foreword (Ed Smith, January 2015)
    • Introduction - iii: Introduction to the thirtieth anniversary edition
    • Introduction - iv: Introduction
  • Chapter - 1: Captaincy in action
  • Chapter - 2: On class and charisma: choosing a captain
  • Chapter - 3: Taking stock: the nursery end
  • Chapter - 4: 'My God, look what they've sent me': the captain and selection
  • Chapter - 5: The morning of the match: reading the entrails
  • Chapter - 6: Batting orders
  • Chapter - 7: Taking the field
  • Chapter - 8: Placing the field
  • Chapter - 9: Strategy, tactics and unusual ploys
  • Chapter - 10: Kicking over the traces: the place of aggression in cricket
  • Chapter - 11: Many hands make light work - sometimes
    • Section - v: Afterword (Sam Mendes, 2001)
    • Section - vi: In retrospect, 2001
    • Section - vii: Bibliography
    • Index - viii: Index

About the Author

Mike Brearley OBE played for Middlesex County Cricket Club from 1961-1983. He first played for England in 1976 and captained the side from 1977 to 1980, winning 17 Test matches and losing only four. He was recalled to the captaincy in 1981 for the Ashes Home series, leading England to one of their most famous victories. Since retiring from cricket in 1982 he now works as a psychoanalyst, and is a lecturer on leadership and motivation. Ed Smith is a former captain of Middlesex Cricket Club, and England batsman. He now works as a commentator for the BBC on Test Match Special.


The best book on captaincy, written by an expert. -- Mike Atherton

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