January 26, 2013

English cricket

A remarkable gift for phrase and observation

In the Guardian, John Samuel pays tribute to sportswriter Frank Keating, who died at the age of 75 on Friday.

Long Days, Late Nights (1984), a miscellany of Keating's articles from the Guardian and Punch (he also wrote extensively for the Spectator, New Statesman and Oldie), carried a foreword by Arlott, who remarked how an earlier book, Another Bloody Day in Paradise (1981), an account of the 1980-81 MCC tour of the West Indies, was one of the most admired by players. Keating's boyish enthusiasm was so well carried into maturity that men of both sides offered serious confidences.

In the same newspaper, read an appreciation of Keating by Matthew Engel published in 2002.

David Hopps, ESPNcricinfo's UK editor, pays tribute to Keating here.

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