Supporter in the Spotlight
Q: What was your first overseas Test match?
A: Sri Lanka v England, Colombo 2003. England lost by an innings & 215 runs, but little did I know that this was the start of a cricket journey that has so far taken me on 27 overseas tours, 75 test matches, 25 ODI's & T20's including 2 world cups.
Q: What is your most memorable overseas Test match you’ve seen?
A: Australia V England, 4th Test at the MCG 2010/11. Day one, with over 84,000 in attendance, Straussy won the toss and we bowl them out for 98, then we're 157/0 at the close of play! England win the test by an innings and 157 runs and we retain the Ashes down under for the first time in 24 years. I get a man hug off Matty Prior before the 'sprinkler' and then the England boys came to our party to celebrate later that night, happy days.
Q: Who is your favourite current England player?
A: As difficult to answer, as asking a parent who's their favourite kid is, so for me, anyone wearing the three lions for England. They all bring something to the party, love 'em all.
Q: Who is your favourite England player of all time?
A: Back in the day Matt Prior was a bit of hero of mine. I loved the entertaining way he attacked the game, showing all his pride and passion of playing for England and how he worked his socks off to become the world's number one wicketkeeper/batsman. He was also the first England player ever to give me one of his test shirts and right up until the end of his career he would always acknowledge my 'Morning Matty, rock 'n' roll champ' every time he came out to play for England, legend.
Q: Who is your favourite opposition player of all time?
A: Ricky Pointing. Respected the way he played the game, hard, old school cricketer who worked hard at his game and his pride for playing for his country was there for all to see. Shame he's the arhhh yeah, but hey, but no, but arhhh look mate type.
Q: What is your favourite overseas Test ground any why?
A: Any ground we win at basically. They are all obviously different, but if I'm being fussy, I love a ground with a grassy bank and it to feel like a cricket ground, not like the multi-purpose grounds of Australia. Newlands in South Africa would be my perfect example of a top ground.
Q: Which country is your favourite to tour and why?
A: Without a doubt New Zealand. Just the most beautiful, stunning, picturesque landscapes you'll ever experience and there is just so much to see/do before and after the cricket. I also enjoy the way the Blackcaps play cricket & the supporters are really cool and not just because they hate the convicts more than we do!
Q: Of all the cities/towns you visited on tour, which is your favourite?
A: Queenstown, New Zealand, after going there for a warm up game on the 2013 tour. The cricket ground is set in the most stunning/unique location imaginable and Queenstown itself is like an activity amusement park for adults. There are great places to eat & drink, set in glorious locations, you couldn't wish for more.
Q: What is your most memorable non cricket moment on tour?
A: Unawatuna, Sri Lanka. Going scuba diving on Christmas Eve night and my dive guide presenting me with two of the three lobsters he'd caught. Then the chef from my guesthouse cooks them up and 40mins later I'm eating them on the beach on my Birthday and it's Christmas day.
Q: What do you enjoy most about touring?
A: Obviously the cricket is the reason I go and I've been lucky enough to witness some of the world's greatest cricketers doing their thing around the world for the last fourteen years, but it's more than that. Touring has taken me to countries and places, perhaps I wouldn't have thought of going to if it wasn't for the cricket. I've met some amazing people and we've shared plenty of wonderful experiences, resulting in lifelong memories. Touring is a lifestyle choice and it's also living the dream! Rock 'n' roll England.