Supporter in the Spotlight
Q: What was your first overseas Test match?
A: Australia v Sri Lanka, Adelaide January 1996
Q: What is your most memorable overseas Test match you’ve seen?
A: Australia v West Indies at Recreation Ground, Antigua, 2003, when WI got 418 to win, a world record 4th innings chase. The atmosphere was incredible on the last day when St Johns virtually closed down. Always good when Australia lose. There was also a memorable sledge. Glenn McGrath had just returned after a year off because of his wife's cancer. In the 4th innings there was a nasty confrontation between him & Sirwan, who was on his way to a ton with Chanderpaul at the other end. McGrath, furious, was towering over Sirwan, looking as if he was going to knock his block off. Sirwan, red bandana sticking out at the back of his helmet, just looked up at McGrath. A year or so later, in a book of famous sledges, I discovered what it was all about. Apparently McGrath went up to Sirwan & said, "What does Brian Lara's dick taste like?" Sirwan, quick as a flash, replied, "I dunno. Ask your wife." Brilliant.
Q: Who is your favourite current England player?
A:Joe Root probably
Q: Who is your favourite England player of all time?
A: Collingwood, may be, for giving it everything & for making the most of his talent.
Q: Who is your favourite opposition player of all time?
A: Michael Holding. The sight of him at the "grovel" Test in 1976 gliding in from the Stretford End at Edrich & Close was poetry in motion.
Q: What is your favourite overseas Test ground any why?
A: Recreation Ground, St Johns, Antigua, probably - partly because of the afore-mentioned memorable test, partly its ramshackle nature, partly the over-looking of the prison.
Q: Which country is your favourite to tour and why?
A:India. I love its chaos, colour, multi-culture
Q: Of all the cities/towns you visited on tour, which is your favourite?
A:It's invidious to pick out just one because there are so many good ones, Kandy is up there. But this morning it's St John's, Antigua. Not only was I there for that memorable Test, when WI beat the Convicts in a world record 4th innings chase. It's also a lovely little shambles of a town with some nice eating places, very friendly, unthreatening to walk around. I also had some virgin goat's milk soup from a roadside stall, much to the amusement of Bill, my Aussie brother-in-law.
Q: What is your most memorable non cricket moment on tour?
A: (ed: I'm answering this one and it's definitely when Five0's legendary jacket was lost in the West Indies!)
Q: What do you enjoy most about touring?
A: Meeting up with mates - the great thing about Addis is that where ever you go there is always someone you know.