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A load of oddballs: the eccentricities of past cricketing heroes

Womanisers, war heroes, rebels, belligerents and drunks all feature in Richard H. Thompson’s witty pen portraits of the great players of the game

Bill Edrich, one of Richard H. Thomas’s cricketing heroes. [Alamy]

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