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Sport's Most Famous Rivalry Revealed in New Book

09 July 2013
Adam Powley

It is one of the longest and most fiercely contested of rivalries in sport. England versus Australia, team against team, player against player. Other sporting battles may captivate and enthrall, but few can match the intensity and the glory of the Ashes. The heritage, the rivalry, the traditions and the passion are all celebrated in this magnificent new book.

With a combination of superb photographs and golden memories, When Cricket Was Cricket – The Ashes takes you back to the heyday of great Ashes Test series of the past. Here are the epic contests between England and Australia down the decades, featuring the finest batsmen, the demon bowlers, the nail-biting matches and all the colour, controversies and captivating stories surrounding cricket’s premier Test fixture.

Drawing on 100 years of outstanding photographs in the huge Mirrorpix archive, When Cricket Was Cricket – The Ashes brings the Ashes of the past back to life. Award-winning author Adam Powley evokes the excitement, drama and unique atmosphere of the contest before the modern era. Featuring a gallery of the game’s greats, from Bradman to Botham, Hobbs to Hughes, W G Grace to S K Warne, the book relives in vivid detail their thrilling exploits with bat and ball – making it the perfect illustrated accompaniment to the Ashes’ golden age.

The Author

Adam Powley is a journalist and writer behind over 20 books. He is the author of the award-nominated When Boxing Was Boxing and When Racing Was Racing, the acclaimed When Cricket Was Cricket, and is the co-author of the award-winning 61: The Spurs Double. He has written books on the World Cup and a number of titles on Tottenham Hotspur, including When Football Was Football: Tottenham Hotspur, and has also reported and written for the Sunday Mirror, The Times, The Guardian and Time Out.

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