- by Chris Hawkes

Published in hardback by Carlton and available from all good book shops and online.

Pages: 256

MRP: 19.99


For those statistically minded, this is a terrific book. We can find cricket statistics anywhere but what is appealing about this book is its interesting format and natural appeal in its layout with every page containing photos and it is therefore not only easy to read but a pleasure also.

Following on from the first publication in 2010, Chris Hawkes has done a tremendous job. The book covers not only Test Cricket, One-Day Internationals and International Twenty20 but also the IPL, Women's cricket and youth cricket.

One section which I particularly enjoyed was the head-to-head results between Test playing countries. There are records for all countries playing ODIs and all sections are embellished with interesting tit-bits of information. This, to me, is what makes it such an invaluable reference book and I could list any number of fascinating pieces of information but there would not be room to mention them all here and my advice would be to go out and buy the book.

It is good to see not only Women's cricket mentioned but also domestic cricket all over the cricketing globe. I suspect there is a good chance that most cricketing questions can find an answer within this tremendous book.

The photography and differently coloured pages make this a book which immediately appeals and I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to any reader.