Supporter in the Spotlight
Q: What was your first overseas Test match?
A: Sri Lanka in 2012. I got a last-minute invite from my brother (Toll Pocket) and decided to go along. I wasn’t quite prepared for the heavy drinking and banter that ensued, but the experience got me hooked.
Q: What is your most memorable overseas Test match you’ve seen?
A: Pakistan (Dubai) tour was memorable because it was so s**t. Watching cricket on that flat wicket was awful. The food and beer in the stadium was awful. The place (Dubai) is awful. Yet, somehow with good company I still managed to have a good time! Special mention goes to PC Tintin who was pretty much an alcoholic for 7 days. On the first night he burst into my room at 4am having drank half a bottle of gin. Naughty.
Q: Who is your favourite current England player?
A: Ben Stokes – he’s a maverick and I believe every good team needs one. He was sorely missed in Australia and I can’t wait to see him back.
Q: Who is your favourite England player of all time?
A: Ali Cook which will seem like a strange choice to many. But it feels like he has been around pretty much the whole time I have watched test cricket. I like the fact that he is one of the last remaining ‘old school’ test cricketers who is still capable of batting for a long time. He is also a nice chap who plays the game in the way it should be played.
Q: Who is your favourite opposition player of all time?
A: Mitchell Johnson because it was so funny tearing into him.
Q: What is your favourite overseas Test ground any why?
A: Galle, Sri Lanka. You don’t even have to go in the ground because you can stand on the old fort and have an amazing view behind the bowlers arm.
Q: Which country is your favourite to tour and why?
A: Sri Lanka – the food, scenery and cricket conditions make it an all round thumbs up for me.
Q: What is your most memorable non cricket moment on tour?
A: Watching PC Tintin winding up Midnight is a joy to behold.