Subtitle: 100 Years of South African Fast Bowlers Author: Drew Forrest Publisher: Macmillan (2013) ISBN-10: 1770103325 ISBN-13: 9781770103320 Condition: Very Good Binding: Softcover Pages: 208 Dimensions: 23 x 15.2 x 1.7 cm
Weight: 0.35 kg
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In The Pacemen, Drew Forrest celebrates the elite of South Africa's fast bowlers, from the tragic 'Krom' Hendricks in the late 19th century to the trailblazing Vernon Philander in the 21st, providing a snapshot of their social and playing backgrounds and their characters. Here, in chronologically arranged sketches, is South Africa's rich and varied pace tradition: the fast bowler as the express-pace warrior-champion, in the awe-inspiring figures of Neil Adcock, Peter Pollock, Mike Procter, Allan Donald and Dale Steyn; the masters of swing and seam, in the style of Norman Gordon, Vince van der Bijl, Stephen Jefferies, Fanie de Villiers and Shaun Pollock; and the impact bowlers and partnership-breakers, such as JJ Kotze, Jacques Kallis and Brian MacMillan. Also placed under the spotlight are the casualties of the fast bowling world, including Lindsay Tuckett and Lance Klusener, who briefly flared and faded, their careers curtailed by injury and overbowling. Others fell victim to South Africa's political turbulence, forced by racialised sport to the margins or into exile, in the manner of Eric Petersen and Dik Abed, or condemned, like Clive Rice and Garth le Roux, to forfeit dazzling test careers to the international sanctions of the 1980s.