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Crickonomics answers those questions you have about the sport, and many more that you haven't: you'll be delighted to know all the answers. Just as the bestselling Soccernomics did for football, this book will take a rational look at the game of cricket, past and present, and combine the expertise of an award winning cricket journalist with a leading sports economist, to provide startling insight and clear-headed analysis.

Table of Contents

Introduction PART ONE - CENTRES OF POWER: NEW AND OLD 1. Batters and bowlers, nature and nurture 2. The strange conservatism of Kerry Packer, and why Covid-19 will accelerate the rise of club cricket 3. An urban sport in a rural country: the challenge of Indian cricket 4. An Ashes Education - why cricket's oldest rivalry is the battle of private schools 5. The rise of New Zealand: by luck or design PART TWO - PIONEERS 6. Women's cricket - a history of innovation 7. How Jayasuriya and Gilchrist transformed Test 8. League cricket - the game's great missed opportunity 9. A fair result in foul weather PART THREE - CRICKET'S PROBLEMS 10. Cricket's concussion crisis 11. Stereotypes 12. What will the future of women's cricket look like? And the case for reparation 13. Why doesn't South Africa produce more Black batters?

About the Author

Stefan Szymanski is Professor of Sport Management at the University of Michigan. His books include Soccernomics, Money and Football, National Pastime, Playbooks and Checkbooks and Winners and Losers. Tim Wigmore is the author of Cricket 2.0: Inside the T20 Revolution, which won the Wisden Book of the Year and Telegraph Cricket Book of the Year awards in 2020. He is a sportswriter for The Daily Telegraph, and has also written regularly for The New York Times, The Economist, the New Statesman and ESPNCricinfo.


Superb -- Matthew Syed * The Times *
Fascinating * The Observer *
Crickonomics is packed with sufficient statistical analysis to have the most ardent cricket geek purring with pleasure * The Mail on Sunday *
Provides answers to a range of fascinating questions about the sport -- The Daily Telegraph
An insightful, Hawk-Eye-like analysis of the numbers behind cricket * The Financial Times *
An illuminating study * The Times *
A fact-packed and thought-provoking tour through cricket's highways and byways * Times Literary Supplement *
A startingly comprehensive insight into the past, present and possible future of this most English of sports. * City A.M *
Part history, part data analysis, part reflection on the sport's future, Crickonomics is exactly what the title suggests - a diagnosis of the state of professional cricket through the lens of economics. * All Sports Books *
Taps into meaningful and eternal themes * Wisden Cricket Monthly *
Pacy and extraordinarily broad * The Cricketer *
The most engaging and insightful book on the progress of cricket that I have ever read... it is a book which should be of interest not only to cricket enthusiasts, but anyone with an interest in sport. * Braham Dabscheck, The Newtown Review of Books *
Wigmore is one of sporting journalism's most original thinkers. * The Cricketer *
brilliant research and arguments, backed by conviction one would associate with true experts of the game...a must read. * Sportstar *

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