“Don’ts for Cricketers” – on genius

Don’t expect genius to trouble itself with rules. No human law need concern the genius: he is a law to himself, and looks down from a lofty eminence on his weaker brethren. One that needs to be taken with a little caution – the “genius” first needs to deliver positive outcomes (modern jargon!), and can …

“Don’ts for Cricketers” – on style

Don’t strive to bat in an “elegant” or “pretty” fashion for its own sake. That which comes natural to you as a batsman is the style to follow. Remarkably modern advice for the player, especially if you replace  the words “elegant” or “pretty” with “text-book” or “orthodox”! The absolute necessity for a player to find …

“Don’ts for Cricketers” – translated for the modern player

Last Christmas I received a copy of a small book entitled “Don’ts for Cricketers“, originally published in 1888 and re-published in 1906.  It is simultaneously a fascinating insight into the “Golden Age” of the game and (in places) a remarkably modern guide to playing the game. But the language is almost uniformly negative (the title …