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On And Off The Field by Ed Smith

Release date: 29th April, 2004
Publisher: Viking

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In 2003, encouraged by Australian captain Steve Waugh, Ed Smith decided to keep a diary of his county cricket season. \\\"Tell the truth as much as you can\\\" was Waugh\\\'s instruction. This is the story of that highly eventful seasonÖ
Ed Smith's decision to document his cricket season couldn't have been timelier. The 2003 season began ominously for Kent when their captain David Fulton suffered a horrific pre-season eye injury, ruling him out of the team for the first half of the season and delivering a hammer blow to the whole squad. In the very first match of the season Smith was run out for three. His game, finely honed in relentless preseason training, suddenly appeared to be out of sync. The Kent team was in free-fall and suffered an embarrassing series of defeats.
Through self-belief, utter professionalism and gritty determination, Smith turned his season around. In May he scored 99 off 86 balls against Surrey and a few weeks later he struck four consecutive championship centuries, equalling a 75-year-old Kent record set by the great Frank Woolley. In June Smith became the first batsman of the summer to pass the 1000 run mark and in August was appointed captain of the team to play the tourists. However it was on the 9th August that Ed Smith achieved one of his ultimate goals and was selected to represent England in the Third Test against South Africa. What followed was a personal rollercoaster of triumph and failure.
On and Off the Field is a riveting insight into the daily life of a professional sportsman and the highs and lows of a cricket season experienced first hand. It is the story of self-doubt, frustration and competitive drive. Smith describes the prevalent sports psycho-babble of 'core covenants' and 'team bonding' and delves deep into the dressing room politics of the cricket world; the things left unsaid, the unresolvable disputes but also the enduring friendships.
Ed Smith's first book, a comparative study of cricket and baseball called Playing Hard Ball, was published to acclaim in 2002.


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