Yes, I'm a Surrey fan and yes this book is of the greatest interest to those of us who witnessed the awful antics in 2005!! However, it does provide a good insight into the daily grind of the average county cricketer.
It is fascinating to read what was going on in the dressing room while those of us who have paid our money were waiting for the team to play to the best of their ability. Well, it didn't happen and this book reveals why.
Written with a very human way (e.g I had forgotten that cricketers have family lives as well!) and with clarity and humour, the book is very difficult to put down. However, I do not feel that Mark gets to grips with the role of the county captain (Mark Butcher), the coach (Steve Rixon) and himself, the stand-in Captain. He says that he learnt a lot from his days at Middlesex with John Buchannan as coach but he does not seem to have put this learning into practice during his extremely difficult year at the Oval.
Now that Surrey are back in the first division all will be forgiven, but why do highly paid cricketers have such terrible attitudes towards their team mates, their employers and most importantly the paying spectator? Shame on them!!
In conclusion, give this a wirl, you will not be disappointed, honest!!