Supporter in the Spotlight
Welsh Wayne Q&A
Q: What was your first overseas Test match?
A: Australia v England in Perth 2002 when if i remember rightly England ended up with nine players batting in the second innings and taking a battering against a then formidable Aussie side.
Q: What is your most memorable overseas Test match you’ve seen?
A: Australia v England in Adelaide 2010. KPs double hundred and Swannys five wickets in the second innings sealed the victory on day 5. Beating the rain on that final day made it all so sweet.
Q: Who is your favourite current England player?
A: Ben Stokes for me. Hes such a talent and is a prime example how much the game has moved on from yesteryear. Watching his second innings hundred in a lost cause at Perth 2013 against a hostile Mitch Johnson was a clear indication he was a definite talent for the future.
Q: Who is your favourite England player of all time?
A: Going back in time Geoffrey Boycott was my hero perhaps because i played my cricket in a similar mould to Boycs! Memories stretch back to being at Trent Bridge watching him against Australia recording his 98th hundred and also had the misfortune to run out Derek Randall on his home ground.
Q: Who is your favourite opposition player of all time?
A: Vivian Richards - the masterclass. Always grateful he finished his career at my county Glamorgan and who in 1993 inspired an end to a 24 year wait for silverware by playing a massive part in helping them to win the then Sunday league.
Q: What is your favourite overseas Test ground any why?
A: Any ground where England win overseas. Australia has large multi sports stadiums whereas New Zealand has picturesque grounds. I have heard so many good vibes about grounds around South Africa, but having not been there, its definitely on my wish list.
Q: Which country is your favourite to tour and why?
A: Australia. Just got to know so many people there after many visits and an ashes series is so special. The weather is a big plus and i really enjoy the banter between ourselves and the Aussies.
Q: Of all the cities/towns you visited on tour, which is your favourite?
A: Wellington, New Zealand. Just hugely impressed with the place after watching England v Sri Lanka World cup match in 2015. The Westpac stadium is nothing to write home about i guess, but the city, location of our accommodation and the Kiwis we got to know were second to none.
Q: What is your most memorable non cricket moment on tour?
A: It has to be sitting next to Addis member Laura Storer on the flight to Adelaide in 2010, having never set eyes on her in my life and then ending up (through Tremers) attending her wedding to James in Perth a week or so later. Borrowing appropriate clothing from friends in Perth was always going to be a bit tricky though.
Q: What do you enjoy most about touring?
A: Cricket is the main factor but Its always good to get away from our British weather for a while during the winter months. Catching up with friends who i don't see that often and hopefully meet a few new ones along the tour. Looking forward to this years ashes tour but just keeping my fingers crossed i haven't got to endure the barrage of short pitched bowling from young Thomas Blade in Adelaide as of four years ago on one of Mr Blade's dodgy backyard pitches!