Ashes to Ashes by Marcus Berkmann

‘The aim of English Test cricket is, in fact, mainly to beat Australia.’ So said Jim Laker, the great English off-spinner and leaver-off of end consonants (in commentaries, batting was always battin’ to Jim, bowling was bowlin’, and so on). This accurate quote opens chapter four of Marcus Berkmann’s Ashes to Ashes. The book’s subtitle – ’35 Years of…