Author(s): Joseph Romanos
Profiles 100 of New Zealand's finest cricketers, from 1886 to 2008, with the accent on more recent players. The first player profiled is Leonard Cuff, a New Zealand captain and opening batsman in the 19th century. Cuff won fame as the founder of the Olympic movement in Australasia, but was also an important player in New Zealand's early cricket history. From Cuff, to modern greats such as Stephen Fleming, Daniel Vettori, Brendon McCulllum and Shane Bond, Cricket Portraits takes readers on an enjoyable journey through New Zealand cricket history. Each 800-word portrait paints a picture of the person as well as the player. Romanos deals with the most memorable moments in each player's career and celebrates their achievements. However, there is also some strong comment in Cricket Portraits, which deals with such controversies as the dope-smoking scandal on the 1994 tour of South Africa, the poor player behaviour of many recent players, the players' strike in 2002, and strange decisions of New Zealand selectors. The book is beautifully illustrated and contains thorough statistical sections, appropriate for such a statistically-accented game.
This is Joseph Romanos' 38th book. He is one of New Zealand's best-known and most acclaimed sports writers, having won numerous Qantas and other journalism awards, including Cricket Writer of the Year.