Tuffers plans new literary jaunt: Richard Gibson

Publishers Headline are looking to exploit Phil Tufnell’s profile, both with Test Match Special and beyond the game’s boundaries thanks to his mainstream television work, with a telling of his favourite cricketing anecdotes across two books.

Tufnell, 45, released a successful autobiography What Now? in 1999 and will once again work with Mail on Sunday cricket correspondent Peter Hayter for a book of general tales, due for publication next May, followed by his Ashes reflections for the start of the 2013 summer – to coincide with back-to-back series between England and Australia.

Meanwhile, despite his tender years and struggle to assert his authority at international level since an injury-hit winter, Stuart Broad has agreed to pen an autobiography.

Broad, 25, already has one book under his belt: 2009’s Bowled Over, his account of the 2009 Ashes, which included his man-of-the-match display at the Oval that contributed to the reclaiming of the urn.


Despite being 12 months Broad’s senior, Tim Bresnan has yet to establish himself as an England player and it was refreshing to hear word of his family members seeking copies of the photograph of his stunning finger-tip caught and bowled effort to dismiss Angelo Mathews at Trent Bridge.

It suggests they are savouring every moment of his international career, and so are England fans to date. For Bresnan has been something of a lucky charm, in Test cricket at least, having been on the winning side in all seven of his Test appearances, spread over four separate series.


The exhaustive overhaul at the top of Sri Lankan cricket has led to the shortlist for their new national coach that included former England assistant Matthew Maynard being ripped up.

Maynard was understood to be favoured by the former administration, who intended to carry out final interviews for the position in September. However, all candidates will now have to re-apply for the post.

Rumesh Ratnayake takes temporary charge for Sri Lanka’s forthcoming Test and one-day series at home to Australia after Stuart Law terminated his interim role early to take charge of Bangladesh.

Presuming he does pursue the vacant post once more – he missed out on the head coach’s role with New Zealand provincial side Wellington – Maynard is expected to face competition from a greater number of homegrown candidates. Under the previous regime it appeared inevitable that Trevor Bayliss’s successor would be foreign, with John Buchanan, Trevor Penney and Tom Moody all considered.

Meanwhile, Law is expected to add another Australian to his backroom staff prior to his first assignment against Zimbabwe next month. Having taken Lancashire analyst Jason Swift as fielding coach, ex-New Zealand bowling coach Shane Jurgensen is expected to follow.


Kevin O’Brien’s face became instantly recognisable on the subcontinent thanks to his astonishing 50-ball hundred that downed England at the World Cup.

Now elder brother Niall hopes to tap into the Indian market: by starring as himself in Bollywood flick Unforgettable. The film, to be shot in Ireland in August and September, is about an Asian family who settle in the Emerald Isle and inevitably features cricket.

Cricket Ireland are offering a shirt signed by the O’Brien brothers and the rest of the Ireland World Cup squad as reward for the retrieval of three laptops that went missing following the one-dayer against Namibia at Stormont on July 5.

The computers contain footage of both Ireland players and upcoming opponents. Assistant coach Pete Johnston said: “It’s an accumulation of work over the past four years, and is irreplaceable. I’m appealing to anyone that finds these or is offered them for sale to get in touch with Cricket Ireland immediately.”

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