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Dr WG Grace on cricket – archive, 1 June 1909

1 June 1909: If anyone has earned the right to the egotist’s complacency it is the genial champion of the game

DR. W. G. GRACE has already written two books on cricket, and now Messrs. NEWNES publish a third. It is quite small and may be had for a shilling, and though there is a good deal about golf and fishing and other irrelevancies, there is plenty of shrewd stuff that is to the point.

Of course the book is egotistic; we should hardly feel that we had our money’s worth if it were not. If anyone has earned the right to the egotist’s complacency it is the genial champion of the game, who in his day was as clearly exalted above his contemporaries as SHAKESPEARE appears to be above his now. He is generous to those with whom he played and to the younger men, but there are some trenchant criticisms of our modern methods.

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