Supporter in the Spotlight

Smithy Q&A

Q: What was your first overseas Test match?
A: The 4th Test at Adelaide in 1995. England won but I left at lunchtime as it was the only flight I could get to Perth with a draw looking favourite. Couldn't class it as a win for me.

Q: What is your most memorable overseas Test match you’ve seen?
A: The Wanderers last year. My 1st Test win abroad after 21 years and to know that Blade was so close and yet so far away made it all the more enjoyable. Stuart Broad's spell, Root's hundred & the 'disgruntled England fans or an 80's album cover' was hilarious. H&S on those benches was great.

Q: Who is your favourite current England player?
A: Johnny B gets the nod as current fav player. Had to work so hard to get back in the team and since then his contribution has been one of the major factors of the teams fortunes. Bairstow and Stokes in Cape Town was breathtaking.

Q: Who is your favourite England player of all time?
A: All time favoruite who I watched - got to be Beefy Botham, you always want someone who the other team target as a main man but who can perform even better when under pressure (unless captain).

Q: Who is your favourite opposition player of all time?
A: Lara. He made batting look so easy, Kohli this winter was great to watch but Lara pips him.

Q: What is your favourite overseas Test ground any why?
A: Well it aint Dubai !! Dharamshala - most stunning ground in the world i think, havent seen a Test there but watched England play a one dayer there and also W Indies, the last match they played on tour before they pulled out of the tour.

Q: Which country is your favourite to tour and why?
A: Haven't done them all yet but the stories about Sri Lanka make it a must go trip and i'm surprised Midnight hasnt moved to New Zealand. I really enjoyed South Africa and cant actually think of anything about the tour i didnt enjoy, won the series, beat Tremmers every time at Golf, currency hit record levels to make the tour cheap as & the wife went home after Cape Town - perfect trip

Q: Of all the cities/towns you visited on tour, which is your favourite?
A: Calcutta - it is just cricket mad - India is an amazing place but walking across the Maidan to the ground and dodging through hundreds of games 7 days a week just cant be replicated anywhere. Also i have the where were you when Stokes bowled 4 balls in the slot to Brathwaite T Shirt.

Q: What is your most memorable non cricket moment on tour?
A: Showing Tremmers how to play golf is always good, Greavsie's laughing contest makes me laugh everytime i think about it but i think registering as an alcoholic this winter is up there and then to get our own beer garden in a city where you cant drink in public was pretty memorable.

Q: What do you enjoy most about touring?
A: Cultures, the craik, no women trying to organise you (Mrs Blade excused) & all of the above answers which without touring I wouldn't have experienced.

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