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Captaincy Graham Gooch with Patrick Murphy

Captaincy - Graham Gooch with Patrick Murphy

London: Stanley Paul, 1992, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Pages lightly age-tanned, more heavily so at the margins.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs;

From the cover: “Graham Gooch is the most influential and successful England captain since Mike Brearley. He is the first England captain since Peter May in 1957 to win three Tests against the West Indies, the most powerful side in the world — and remarkably all his successes came in a period of only seventeen months.

In this book Gooch analyses the crucial elements in those three historic victories, underlining the importance of planning and dedication, qualities readily associated with him. He looks at the particular assets needed for successful captaincy — the need for respect from his team, the necessity of sympathetic man-management, the importance of getting the very best out of each player, and how to assimilate individualists into the team framework.

Gooch looks at the different demands on a captain on tour, in limited-overs cricket and in dealing with the media, very much a modern challenge for a Test captain. The whole gamut of captaincy is covered — the need to pick a balanced side, the times when a particular eleven is selected for a specific game, the problems faced in selecting a squad, how to judge a declaration, how to approach a run chase, the way in which you can coax that little extra from your players by dint of personal example.

Gooch also considers the respective captaincy skills of many Test captains during his long career, paying particular tribute to the two who have most influenced his thinking — Keith Fletcher and Mike Brearley. Written in conjunction with BBC Radio’s Patrick Murphy, the book, which includes Gooch’s account of England’s fine showing in the 1992 World Cup, is a timely reminder of why Graham Gooch has matured into one of England’s most important captains since the war.”

Size: 9½" x 6¼". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 197 pages.
Captaincy Graham Gooch with Patrick Murphy