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 2 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.
‘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
Derek Pringle played for Essex between 1978 and 1993. He was a member of the successful sides of the 1980s and early 1990s alongside cricketers such as Graham Gooch, Mark Waugh, Nasser Hussain, John Lever and Neil Foster.
In that period Essex won the County Championship six times. As an undergraduate, Pringle played for Cambridge University and was called up for England in 1982. Pringle went on to play 30 Tests until 1992, scoring 695 runs and taking 70 wickets.
He also played in 44 One Day Internationals between 1982 and 1993. He appeared in two World Cups including England's 1992 Cup Final team. After his playing days, he became a cricket correspondent firstly with The Independent and then The Daily Telegraph.