Pushing the Boundaries: Cricket in the Eighties: Playing home and away
'Derek Pringle is finally ready to tell his story of cricket in the 80s.
First chosen by England whilst still at university in 1982, Derek featured in the national side for the next 11 years. He played 30 Tests, 44 One Day Internationals, and appeared in two World Cups. Inside the dressing room, and out on the pitch, Derek witnessed at first hand an era of English cricket populated by characters such as Botham, Gooch, Lamb, and Gower. An era so far removed from today's rather anodyne sporting environment. And it wasn't just at international level that the sport lived life to the full. He was an integral part of Essex's all conquering side that won the County Championship 6 times as well as numerous one day trophies.
Full of insight and experience, here is the story of one of English cricket's most tumultuous periods told by someone who was there.'
‘A fascinating and hilarious read. Like Chris Lewis, Andrew Flintoff, Ben Stokes and many more [Pringle] was originally hailed as the new Botham, before winding up as a very junior version. In his storytelling though, he might just have the edge on the great man.’
- Simon Briggs, The Daily Telegraph
‘As a reminder of how the game has changed, moving from one extreme to the other, from sham-professionalism to uber-professionalism, it’s hard to beat.
Pringle’s tale is both a love letter to the greatest player of his generation, Sir Ian Botham – a poignant reminder of just what a mesmerising grip Beefy held over contemporaries and the wider English game – and an engaging romp in which cricket often plays only a walk-on part. That, despite the author’s playing record that included 30 Tests, 44 ODIs, six County Championship titles with Essex and a World Cup final, a CV that most would be proud to take to the grave.’
- Mike Atherton, The Times