A Flick of the Fingers

The Chequered Life and Career of Jack Crawford
by Michael Burns

Publisher: Pitch Publishing

Publication Date: May 28, 2015

ISBN: 9781785310638

Binding: Kobo eBook

Availability: eBook

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Thanks to his discovery of a collection of scrapbooks and memorabilia, writer and filmmaker Michael Burns is able to relate for the first time the remarkable story of Surrey and England cricketer Jack Crawford. A schoolboy prodigy who took Edwardian cricket by storm, the amateur all-rounder became Surrey's youngest ever centurion and, at 19 years and 32 days, England's youngest Test player. However, a row over captaining a weakened team against the Australians led to a spectacular fallout - and a life ban by his county. Emigration to Australia ensued, where Crawford established himself as one of the world's great all-rounders; yet controversy dogged him, on and off the pitch. Having married and deserted an Adelaide teenage beauty, Crawford then dodged involvement in the Great War. He returned to England to divorce, re-marry and fade into middle-aged obscurity, but not before playing two of the most remarkable innings of his life.