The Corridor of Certainty
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Geoffrey Boycott is one of the most outspoken and knowledgeable voices on cricket - but this book opens up a whole, new personal side to his life. Thirteen years ago, he received the diagnosis that tore his world apart: he had cancer of the tongue. Having faced down the fastest bowlers during his career as one of England's greatest-ever batsmen, he now had to take on an even more daunting foe. In this fascinating new book, his first autobiographical work for more than 15 years, Boycott not only relives his terrifying battle with cancer but also writes movingly about his long-time love Rachael, and their daughter Emma. He talks about his many other interests and friendships beyond cricket, with a great chapter on Brian Clough as well as revealing some surprising enthusiasms: Boycott and Katy Perry?
But Boycott has devoted his life to cricket, and his insights on the game, its players and those who write and talk about it are never less than frank, revealing, entertaining and very honest. He assesses the modern generation of players: how does he rate England's prolific captain Alastair Cook? And is Kevin Pietersen a batting genius or a player who has frittered away his talent? His opinions come with the authority of someone with profound knowledge of and love for the sport. In commentary, he refers to the 'corridor of uncertainty' for a batsman - but with Geoffrey Boycott there is never any room for that, which is why this book is such a compelling and entertaining read.
it summed me up perfectly. She had seen me in new situations appearing to be full of bravado, when she knew that really I was so unsure of myself. When it came to cricket, there was much less debate about my personality: I was a perfectionist, always striving and never satisfied from the day I started until I retired. When batting, I would shut out all the noise of the crowd, the chirping from other players and just be in my own world concentrating on the ball. Even now, when I play golf, it is
of an endless round of appointments. I had a ‘mask fitting’ on Tuesday 8 October at Cookridge, which took around three hours, it’s not exactly like being fitted for a new suit. The next day saw me back again as they needed to look at my kidneys to check for damage caused by the chemotherapy, and that took approximately four hours, so along with the two-hour round trip in the car, another day was gone. On the Thursday, we had arranged for a Chinese feng shui master to come up from London, with
everything. He has so much talent; he is a modern-day, right-handed David Gower. He is so elegant, batting is effortless and he has superb timing with a wide range of shots on front and back foot, but I get the impression he does not use his brain, and just plays naturally. If it comes off he looks great, if it doesn’t he just shrugs his shoulders and moves on to the next knock. Sadly, England are not blessed with many quality batsmen who can replace Bell, so he gets away with nonchalant
for team unity and eventually it wears the management down. People get fed up and irritated and they start to think: ‘Is it worth it? Do I want this problem anymore?’ You start wondering if the pluses of having a player like KP in the team outweigh the negatives. Pietersen mixed brilliant innings with irresponsible shots throughout his career. He was close to Vaughan, but let him down in his final Test. Vaughan was fighting to keep his job and Pietersen had a chance to set South Africa a tough
bowler if he does not have enough rest so it is imperative to keep the Australians in the field for longer by posting decent totals. The England batsmen have to understand they need to get smarter, they have to box clever like Muhammad Ali against George Foreman in 1974. Foreman had knocked out 37 of his 40 opponents before he took on Ali. He was world champion, much bigger and stronger than Ali and punched harder. Ali realised there would be no point trying to slug it out with Foreman, it would