There comes a time on every tour that the visitors just want to go home. It is visible not only in the skill set slowing down to the pace of a Sunday sitcom, but in the body language screaming: "We feel like we are in Durham on an April morning."
Cricket autobiographies flit between bland and interesting. Those written by current cricketers often err with the former, while their retired counterparts succeed with the latter. AB de Villiers' memoirs fall satisfyingly in the middle.
Former South Africa batsman and Hampshire legend Barry Richards is the subject of a new biography, 'Sundial in the Shade. Here are some key quotes from the tome.
Ambrose, dominant as a player but despondent as an observer, consistently rues the decline of West Indian cricket, but punctuates the disappointment with predictions of a return to the top in 15 years.
Peter May finds a new book on England in the 1980s to be informative and entertaining, if short on the promised vice and iniquity.
Peter Miller read Kevin Pietersen's telling autobiography, despite a plethora of excerpts laden across the internet. It is worth the money, but there isn't enough talk about cricket...