WATCH AGAIN: MARK PEEL ON THE HOLLOW CROWN

WATCH AGAIN: MARK PEEL ON THE HOLLOW CROWN

WATCH AGAIN: MARK PEEL ON THE HOLLOW CROWN

Listen again to the latest episode of our virtual cricket talks, author Mark joined BBC cricket reporter Mark Church to talk about his book The Hollow Crown.

Award-winning cricket writer Mark Peel charts the development of the England captaincy - from the autocratic captains of the post-war years to the dual captaincy of the present, where power is shared between captain and coach.

Mark examines the huge demands the England captaincy imposes on the occupant and why few leave office with their reputation enhanced.

You'll learn about the long-lasting legacy of the Hutton captaincy of the mid-1950s, the downfall of mavericks such as Brian Close, Tony Greig and Mike Gatting, the success of the Illingworth and Brearley eras and the chaos of the 1980s, when captains came and went with regular abandon, and finally the glory years of Michael Vaughan and Andrew Strauss.

The Hollow Crown contains individual portraits of the 43 England captains, exploring their background, philosophy, strengths, weaknesses and the legacy they left, with special attention given to the likes of Hutton, May, Illingworth, Brearley, Atherton, Hussain, Vaughan and Strauss.

Mark's talk was our eighth virtual Q&A of the year, with three still to come, over the next three months, with the future talks every other Friday at 7.30pm, as follows: 

9th October The Thin White Line: The Inside Story of Cricket's Greatest Fixing Scandal  author Nick Greenslade 

16th October My Song Shall Be Cricket author Franklyn Stephenson hosted by Dave Bracegirdle 

23rd October Tales from the Frontline author Luke Fletcher hosted by Dave Bracegirdle 

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