As with Brearley, Derek Pringle would not, in a more competitive era, have gained even a fraction of the 30 international caps he was awarded. From 1982 to 1992, he was in (and rather more often, out) of the side. The first of many bits-and-pieces cricketers unfairly burdened with the “new Botham” tag, Pringle had a modest Test record. Although, to be fair, he had a spectacularly successful county career. He was, as he comes close to acknowledging, overpromoted. The beauty of his memoir comes in his willingness to admit how shockingly unprofessional he was. Basically, he drank beer for England. Much fun ensued. Good lad.