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The Bank Clerk Who Went To War

David Steele, Ian Addis, Andrew Radd

Publisher: Chequered Flag Publishing

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'Who's this grey-haired bleeder?' 
Few people expected the slim, bespectacled 33-year-old who made his Test debut at Lord's in 1975 to be the one to rescue England after a first Test thrashing in the Ashes – especially after he took a wrong turn in the pavilion on his way to the middle. Yet David Steele faced down the fearsome pace duo of Lillee and Thomson, saving the honour of English cricket by drawing the remaining three matches and finishing top of the England batting averages. It propelled him into a national hero and led to him becoming the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. 
A dogged and determined batsman cast from the same mould as his contemporary, Geoffrey Boycott, Steele also stood up to the destructive bowling of the West Indies, twice helped take Northamptonshire to the brink of the County Championship, was named a Wisden Cricketer of the Year and won the NatWest Trophy with Derbyshire. 
In this authorised biography produced with the help of hours of interviews with David Steele, Ian Addis and Andrew Radd dig into the memories of a cricket icon whose Churchillian efforts with the bat made him the unexpected saviour of English cricket.

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