Author(s): Mark Nicholas
Mark Nicholas, anchor for Channel 9's Test commentary team in Australia and Channel 5's Cricket on Five show in the UK, has a unique knowledge and perspective on the world game of cricket. As both a former player and now a professional observer and commentator on the game he knows all the key figures in the sport and has witnessed first-hand some of cricket's greatest moments...His book is a personal account of the game as he's seen and experienced it. Focusing on England and Australia, the two countries he's intimately familiar with, Mark takes us through the modern game, illuminating the arts of batting, bowling and captaincy, and giving us a wealth of detail about the world's greatest players, as well as epic Ashes battles...Informed by Mark's own experiences and observations, and filled with wonderful anecdotes, larger than life characters, and an extraordinary breadth of cricket knowledge, A Beautiful Game shows why Mark is so passionate about the sport, and exactly why cricket really is the world's beautiful game...'Mark is widely respected by cricketers of the past and present. This is a superb book - full of raw emotion, humour and great analysis. I'd definitely buy a copy if he hadn't promised me one!' Michael Clarke..'...knowledgeable, insightful and really good fun. The best cricket book I've seen in a long while.' Shane Warne..'I loved it. If I was buying one cricket book this year, it would be A Beautiful Game.' Wasim Akram..'As a respected international cricket broadcaster, Mark has been a powerful salesman for the game on television. He has brought that same passion for the game to his thoughtful and entertaining book.' Ian Chappell..
As a cricketer, Mark Nicholas was known as a swashbuckling middle-order batsman and occasional medium-pace bowler. He captained English county side Hampshire to four major trophies. After retiring as a player, Mark worked for 12 years as London's Daily Telegraph's sports feature writer before moving into television broadcasting, initially as a commentator for Sky Sports and later as the anchor on Channel 4's cricket coverage. Mark is currently the anchor for Channel 9's cricket commentary team and for Channel 5's Cricket on Five show in the UK.