I’m a cricket fan and I loved this fictional, first person account of the five days of the final test of an Ashes series, told by the acting England captain. The author, a scorer/statistician who works for the ECB, provides an engaging and perceptive insight into the pressures of being a father, husband and professional sportsman, and impact on relationships with family, friends and team mates amidst the intensity of the treadmill of modern cricket.
You do not need to be a cricket fan to enjoy this book. It is a fascinating study of a top-class sportsman and the sacrifices required to succeed. But it also encompasses thought-provoking reflections on the art of coaching, as well as the banter of the dressing-room. Highly recommended.