Not Out at Close of Play

Not Out at Close of Play

A Life in Cricket

Dennis Amiss with James Graham-Brown


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One of only 25 players in the history of cricket to have scored 100 First Class centuries, Dennis Amiss is a member of the game’s most prestigious elite. His experience as player and administrator in an era spanning an astonishing seven decades has afforded him a unique perspective of the dramatic changes that have taken place in cricket since he joined Warwickshire as a 15-year-old professional in 1958. Not Out at Close of Play explores how Dennis Amiss’ passionate quest for success andabsolute commitment to refinement through meticulous preparation and practice led a Birmingham boy from humble origins to achieve sporting stardom with a Test batting average higher than Cowdrey, Graveney and Gower. At the heart of Dennis’ story, however, lies the paradox nature of a quietly spoken and apparently conventional man who rebelled against the establishment, becoming a pioneer of innovation and change.


Dennis Amiss with James Graham-Brown:
James Graham-Brown is a former professional cricketer for Kent and Derbyshire. Following this, he embarked on a teaching career before becoming a professional playwright, writing under the pseudonym Dougie Blaxland.