Supporter in the Spotlight
Q: What was your first overseas Test match?
A: My first overseas test match was the fifth against Australia at Sydney in 2003. That was the only one of the series which England won having been well and truly thrashed in the other four. Both McGrath and Warne were injured which probably helped!! A few landmarks occurred, Steve Waugh equalled Allan Border's record of 156 test appearances as well as scoring his 10,00th test run and equalled Don Bradman's record of 29 centuries. Bret Lee took his 100th test wicket, Michael Vaughan scored a big hundred in the second innings and was the man of the series for his 633 runs.
Q: What is your most memorable overseas Test match you’ve seen?
A: This is a toss up between Melbourne 2010 where Australia were skittled for 98 before lunch on the first day or Cape Town this year. It has to be Cape Town 2016. Batting first England were 223 for 5 when Bairstow joined Stokes which started the most entertaining period of test cricket that I've ever seen. More like an ODI. Stokes hammered the bowling to all areas of the ground in compiling 258 off 198 balls in a partnership of 399 as Bairstow watched from the other end in compiling his hundred after which he also opened his shoulders. 629 for 6 declared, follow that South Africa. And they duly did, 200 scored slowly by Amla, a maiden century from Bavuma resulting in 627 for 7. A draw was inevitable so Herbie took us on a sightseeing tour on day 5 whilst we listened to the radio commentary. It got a bit tense as wickets fell but the draw was achieved.
Q: Who is your favourite current England player?
A: I realise that I could be slightly biased here, but my favourite current England is Joe Root
Q: Who is your favourite England player of all time?
A: My favourite England player of all time must be (Sir) Geoffrey Boycott despite the fact that he is a Manchester United supporter.
Q: Who is your favourite opposition player of all time?
A: My favourite opposition player of all time is Viv Richards who must be the most entertaining player I have ever seen both in county cricket and for the West Indies.
Q: What is your favourite overseas Test ground any why?
A: My favourite overseas Test ground has to be the Basin Reserve in Wellington, New Zealand. It is totally unspoilt, retaining its traditional cricket ground features of open and covered seating plus a brilliant grass bank. No modern concrete stands like a lot of grounds have become.
Q: Which country is your favourite to tour and why?
A: My favourite country to tour is most definitely New Zealand, how predictable was that. There are plenty of interesting places to visit in between the cricket, easy travelling distances, picturesque wherever you look, very friendly people, pleasant climate etc. Definitely a recommended holiday destination if you can cope with a 24 hour flying time then have a spare two months to explore.
Q: Of all the cities/towns you visited on tour, which is your favourite?
A: I don't like cities much but on tour you don't have much choice as the games tend to be located in such places. Of them all, I've come to like Melbourne as I've got to know it quite well due to having spent quite a lot of time there. There are many open areas, the transport system is excellent and there's plenty to keep you occupied. If you want shopping, there's loads of that or you go to the beach by taking the tram down to St Kilda. The climate is not bad either, usually much cooler that the likes of Perth, which suits me as a lot of you know.
Q: What is your most memorable non cricket moment on tour?
A: The most memorable non cricket moment on tour is not really a moment but more of an adventure. Between the Adelaide and Perth Tests in 2010 Tremers, Midnight and I hired a motorhome to take us all the way to Perth across the Nullarbor Plain whist we played the longest golf course in the world. Each hole was separated by many kilometers of highway, located next to road houses where we would get the cards stamped and, at some, we would stop for the night. Entertained by an Aborigine Christmas party at one. Towards the end of the trip there were just two of us sleeping in the motorhome as one person went looking for more comfortable accommodation!! Last port of call before Perth was the mining town of Kalgoorlie which was incredibly hot in which Tremers and I played golf, silly boys.
Q: What do you enjoy most about touring?
A: Touring is brilliant for getting to know people. The general companionship and the common interest of everyone is obviously a great help. But there is always the opportunity to do other things either jointly or on your own. There have been plenty of interesting places in all the countries I've been to and I'm sure there are even more that should have been visited but time didn't permit and will have to wait until the next trips of which I hope there will be a few more.
Thank you Addis Army for the crack.