Supporter in the Spotlight

Deano Q&A

Q: What was your first overseas Test match?
A: Melbourne, Australia, 2006 (yes we got stuffed).

Q: What is your most memorable overseas Test match you’ve seen?
A: Wellington, New Zealand 2008. The first time I saw England win a Test Match abroad (and we went on to win the series 2-1 in Napier, having lost the first Test in Hamilton). Melbourne 2010 comes a joint first for obvious reasons!

Q: Who is your favourite current England player?
A: Probably Jos Buttler. Brilliant to watch batting (like a certain Mr Pietersen was) and has the ability to take a game in any format away from any team (I hope I have't just cursed him for the upcoming Test series against India!).

Q: Who is your favourite England player of all time?

A: Freddie Flintoff. Great player to watch (I especially loved watching him bowl - that over in 2005 at Edgbaston. Wow), and he loved a drink and the craic.

Q: Who is your favourite opposition player of all time?
A: Shane Warne. What a talent.

Q: What is your favourite overseas Test ground any why?
A: The Hagley Oval, Christchurch, New Zealand. Fantastic setting (proper cricket ground) in the best country in the world. I also really lIke Hamilton (New Zealand).

Q: Which country is your favourite to tour and why?
A: New Zealand. Best country in the world. Great cricket grounds (except for Auckland), great scenery, loads to do outside of the cricket, great food, great beer/cider/wine, genuinely nice people.

Q: Of all the cities/towns you visited on town, which is your favourite and why?
A: In keeping with the New Zealand theme, as cricket towns both Hamilton and Napier are great. Both small towns with a number of bars in which we could all drink together after a days' play. Wellington is great too, as is Adelaide (I prefer Tests in towns and small cities as opposed to big cities).

Q: What is your most memorable non cricket moment on tour?
A: I'm sure there are many great moments which have been forgotten through alcohol consumption (!!), but travelling the Great Ocean Road in Australia is always nice, the Garden Route is South Africa is lovely, and hiring a car and travelling anywhere in New Zealand (particularly the South Island) is always fabulous.

Q: What do you enjoy most about touring?
A: Watching some good cricket, enjoying the company of (and drinking with) a cracking group of people (you wont'f find a nicer bunch anywhere), and travelling the world.

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