Aiden Blizzard July 28, 2013

How to sign autographs

Interview by Jack Wilson
And a lesson in curbing your temper on the field. Aiden Blizzard got them both young

First bat
It was a hand-me-down from my father when I was ten. I remember it was a Gray-Nicolls Legend and I went out and bought some Excalibur stickers, because that's what Greg Blewett was using! It was far too heavy. At that age I think I should have been using something like a size 3, but I still hit a pretty long ball with it. I could have done with something a lot lighter.

First century
My first hundred came when I was 13, for the Shepparton Cricket Association in Bendigo. It would have been off about 80 or 90 balls, which isn't bad. That's pretty quick for a junior.

First time I lost my cool on the field
I remember it well. It happened when I was 12 or 13 and I was playing for my junior side. I went out to open and hit one straight to mid-on. I walked off, threw my helmet and broke it. My dad refused to buy me a new one and I had to borrow one for the rest of the season. I learnt my lesson.

First time I was hit where it hurts
It would have been in the backyard, where me and my younger brother Cale used to play. We used to try and mow out a proper cricket pitch with the lawnmower and every now and again we were allowed to use a cricket ball. He bowled it from what must have been about ten yards and yeah, ouch.

First time I was asked for an autograph
I was 20 years old and it came on my first time playing for Victoria. I didn't know what to do. I was wondering whether I should sign it like my bank statements or to think of something new. I gave them my signature, but I don't even think I spelt my name right!

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  • jkaussie on July 28, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    @Extracoverdriver...right, so a young guy on debut is asked for an autograph and says what? "No"? And a kid who asked goes away disappointed and hates cricket and goes and plays another sport? "Waste his time signing autographs" - it's not a waste at all because it makes a follower of the game happy. The players have a duty to engage the fans and the future players of the game...lucky you don't play at that level, you'd be turning people off the game daily.

  • somethingdifferent on July 28, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Regrettably someone who has not represented his national team, national A team or even the age teams and is no more a young aspiring player, does not make interesting reading. Not up to Cricinfo standards.

  • on July 28, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    A lad I used to know spotted that Mike Proctor only signed one autograph at the end of play, so at the end of one day at Bristol he sprinted out (allowed then) and proffered his book and pen. After a few seconds Proctor handed it back 'Tough luck, kid, your pen has run out' and walked off laughing.

  • ExtraCoverDriver on July 28, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    I would much rather have him play good cricket than waste his time signing autographs. Australia needs quality players because there is a huge shortage of them in the country at the moment. Success at such a young age makes some people very arrogant and that in turn affects their performance.

  • jkaussie on July 28, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    @Extracoverdriver...right, so a young guy on debut is asked for an autograph and says what? "No"? And a kid who asked goes away disappointed and hates cricket and goes and plays another sport? "Waste his time signing autographs" - it's not a waste at all because it makes a follower of the game happy. The players have a duty to engage the fans and the future players of the game...lucky you don't play at that level, you'd be turning people off the game daily.

  • somethingdifferent on July 28, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Regrettably someone who has not represented his national team, national A team or even the age teams and is no more a young aspiring player, does not make interesting reading. Not up to Cricinfo standards.

  • on July 28, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    A lad I used to know spotted that Mike Proctor only signed one autograph at the end of play, so at the end of one day at Bristol he sprinted out (allowed then) and proffered his book and pen. After a few seconds Proctor handed it back 'Tough luck, kid, your pen has run out' and walked off laughing.

  • ExtraCoverDriver on July 28, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    I would much rather have him play good cricket than waste his time signing autographs. Australia needs quality players because there is a huge shortage of them in the country at the moment. Success at such a young age makes some people very arrogant and that in turn affects their performance.

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  • ExtraCoverDriver on July 28, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    I would much rather have him play good cricket than waste his time signing autographs. Australia needs quality players because there is a huge shortage of them in the country at the moment. Success at such a young age makes some people very arrogant and that in turn affects their performance.

  • on July 28, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    A lad I used to know spotted that Mike Proctor only signed one autograph at the end of play, so at the end of one day at Bristol he sprinted out (allowed then) and proffered his book and pen. After a few seconds Proctor handed it back 'Tough luck, kid, your pen has run out' and walked off laughing.

  • somethingdifferent on July 28, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Regrettably someone who has not represented his national team, national A team or even the age teams and is no more a young aspiring player, does not make interesting reading. Not up to Cricinfo standards.

  • jkaussie on July 28, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    @Extracoverdriver...right, so a young guy on debut is asked for an autograph and says what? "No"? And a kid who asked goes away disappointed and hates cricket and goes and plays another sport? "Waste his time signing autographs" - it's not a waste at all because it makes a follower of the game happy. The players have a duty to engage the fans and the future players of the game...lucky you don't play at that level, you'd be turning people off the game daily.