Ralph Dellor and Stephen Lamb

The Little Book of Cricket Legends

Andrew Miller
A review of The Little Book of Cricket by Ralph Dellor and Stephen Lamb

Green Umbrella, hb, 127pp

The latest in a burgeoning series of pocket reference books, The Little Book of Cricket Legends follows on from its near name-sake, The Little Book of Cricket, and provides exactly what it suggests on the cover.

In an attractive glossy publication with plenty vivid and varied photos, Ralph Dellor and Stephen Lamb give a brief resumé of the careers of 30 undoubted greats of the game.

It's entirely subjective of course - Allan Border makes the cut but Steve Waugh doesn't, Graham Gooch is in but David Gower is out - but all the usual suspects are there for your perusal, from Sydney Barnes to Brian Lara, via George Headley and Don Bradman.

The inclusion of Andrew Flintoff will doubtless increase sales but raise eyebrows in equal measure, although the authors explain his selection by calling him a "legend in the making".

Arguably, the pen-pics of each selection concentrate too much on numbers rather than colour, but the range and quality of the photographs on offer are ample compensation. An ideal stocking-filler for the next generation of wannabe legends.