A wonderfully eccentric 'alternative' history of The Ashes from the popular ex-England cricketer and now successful broadcaster.
In this hilarious follow-up to the Sunday Times bestseller TUFFERS' CRICKET TALES , ex-England cricketer, TV personality and Test Match Special commentator Phil Tufnell offers his unique take on the whole Ashes experience.
Drawing on incidents from his own colourful career and the reminiscences of great English and Aussie cricket characters, both past and present, Tuffers highlights all the elements that make for a truly memorable Ashes series, on and off the pitch.
Heroic performances, personal 'Cat-astrophes', bonkers selections, cultural clashes between Poms and Ockers, slanderous sledges, dubious tactics, odd superstitions, touring high-jinx and nail-biting finishes are all on the agenda as he delves into the 131-year history of a unique sporting institution. Along the way, Tuffers, who played in five Ashes series without ever getting close to getting his hands on the famous urn, aims to discover the key to winning what is the ultimate prize for any English or Australian cricketer.
Shot through with his love and knowledge of cricket, TUFFERS' ALTERNATIVE GUIDE TO THE ASHES is written with the characteristic cheeky charm which made Phil Tufnell a firm favourite of England's Barmy Army (and a target for good-natured abuse from fans Down Under).
Reviews for Tuffers' Cricket Tales:
'Hilarious' (Daily Star Sunday)
'Amusing' (All Out Cricket)
Phil Tufnell, aka 'Tuffers', played 42 Test matches and 20 One-Day Internationals for England between 1990 and 1997. In a 17-year first class career, he took more than 1,000 wickets with his left-arm spin. Following retirement in 2002, Tufnell became a hugely popular TV personality. He was the winner of ITV1's 'I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here' in 2003, and enjoyed a long run in BBC1's 'Strictly Come Dancing' in 2009. Current broadcasting commitments include being team captain on BBC1's 'A Question of Sport' and regular features on BBC1's 'The One Show'. He is currently a star turn on Radio 4's iconic 'Test Match Special' show. In 2011, he was awarded an honorory doctorate from Middlesex University.