Supporter in the Spotlight
Q: What was your first overseas Test match?
A: South Africa vs England, Cape Town 2006
Q: What is your most memorable overseas Test match you’ve seen and why?
A: Adelaide 2006. After our humiliation in Brisbane we really thought we were going to do it, after Collingwood's double ton and a brilliant first innings bowling performance. How England contrived to lose the match I still don't know, but I had nightmares about it for years afterwards!
Q: Who is your favourite current England player?
A: Now this is a tough one. I think I'll go with Captain Cook.
Q: Who is your favourite England player of all time?
A: Andrew Strauss
Q: Who is your favourite opposition player of all time?
A: Jonty Rhodes: the man who made fielding a matchwinning artform.
What is your favourite overseas Test ground any why?
A: The WACA: it's got grass banks as well as terraced seating and is close enough to the city to pop home during the lunchbreak to make your own budget-friendly meals!
Q: Which country is your favourite to tour and why?
A: I loved Sri Lanka because it had so much that is great about India without so many of the difficulties. Although I might not have said that after a 2 hour tuk-tuk ride back from the ground sandwiched between two pillars of sweat in the darkening Colombo evening.
Q: Of all the cities/towns you visited on tour, which is your favourite and why?
A: Not strictly the town, but I loved taking the train from Delhi to Agra in 2006 to see the Taj Mahal. It is an absolutely stunning building that entirely lived up to my expectations. I'd definitely go back if the India tour dates ever match up to my work holidays again.
Q: What is your most memorable non cricket moment on tour?
A: I mean, it's always got to be something to do with Wycombe, hasn't it? I think him having his head shaved in the stands of the Wankhede, Mumbai, might have to be it!
Q: What do you enjoy most about touring?
A: Using it as an excuse to see more of a country. I never just fly in and out and although this means I miss plenty of tours due to work, it means that when I do go, I know I will travel around and mix cricket with whatever other opportunities a country presents.