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Dirk Nannes

'I never wanted to be a cricketer'

Dirk Nannes likes messing about in the snow, can't speak Japanese or Dutch, and once saw Brad Hodge throw a shoe to delay a game

Interview by Jack Wilson

February 28, 2014

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You are a self-confessed accidental cricketer. Explain.
I never wanted to be a cricketer. It wasn't what my dream was and I just fell into it. I was always dedicated to my skiing.

You have represented Australia at skiing and cricket. What is your first love? Skiing, definitely. I love my skiing although I have only skied once in the last six and a half years! The moguls was what I was all about. The reason it gets a bad rap is because of the big-impact falls and people having huge one-off stacks, but that doesn't happen that often.

You have played international cricket for Netherlands. Does that mean you can speak fluent Dutch?
My parents always spoke Dutch when they didn't want us kids to understand. There are four of us. My eldest sister understands fluently, and the younger the kid - and I'm the youngest - the less we spoke.

What is the story behind the rumour that you can speak Japanese too?
That came from an article in a newspaper when I first started playing cricket. I'd been to Japan three times in six months and he assumed I spoke Japanese. I don't!

Are any of your three children going to be cricketers?
Matt is the eldest. He has my body shape, with a big arse, and he might be a hard-hitting No. 7.

If I gave you a ball and you had six balls to hit one stump, how many times would you back yourself to hit?
Two.

Who, in world cricket, would you back to hit the most?
I'd have a spinner. Hmm, I'll go with Daniel Vettori.

You've been on the mic in T20 games. Is it off-putting having the commentators getting in your ear?
I don't mind it as long as people don't ask me shit questions. Let me do the talking. Normally you bowl the ball, think about what's just happened for the first five seconds, have five seconds of blank and in the next five you think about what you're going to do with the next ball. As soon as I've bowled it I don't need someone asking me what I think a par score is, because I don't give a shit! It's not what I want to think about midway through an over. I prefer having the freedom to talk my way through it.

What's the strangest thing you've ever seen happen on a cricket field?
Brad Hodge took off his shoe and threw it from midwicket to cover in the Pura Cup final in 2006 to delay! David Hussey was bowling the last over before tea and it took seven minutes as we didn't want to have to bowl another one. They were 800-odd for 3 at the time and Hodgey just put his hand up and said, "Sorry, it slipped off", and walked all the way over to cover to put it back on!

Who is the best left-arm quick you have ever seen?
It's got to be Wasim [Akram], hasn't it?

Which three team-mates past or present would you want in your dream pub quiz team?
Vettori would be very good. I'll have Ryan Carters and Neil McKenzie too.

Which takeaway do you prefer: Chinese or Indian?
Chinese.

Night in or night out? A night in.

What is the best thing about playing in the Big Bash?
The camaraderie between the guys.

Which batsman in world cricket do you least enjoy bowling at?
AB de Villiers.

Which cricketing rule would you like to change?
That it can't pitch outside leg for lbws.

Who has given you the worst sledge?
I can't really think of one. I think it's because I'm quite quiet. I never say anything to the batsmen.

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Posted by nursery_ender on (March 2, 2014, 11:30 GMT)

I have two great memories of Dirk's spell with Middlesex.

1. Seeing him blow away the Worcester batsmen with 6-32 on a helpful pitch at Kidderminster. Simply frightening, and I was only on the boundary

2. His first ball in a game at Northampton taken head high by young (then) sub wicketkeeper John Simpson with a look that said (I'll take out the expletives) 'what was that?'

But most of all, his obvious enjoyment of what he was doing.

Posted by Jagger on (March 1, 2014, 2:38 GMT)

Great to see some colourful language for a change. I think the commentator he is referring to is Micheal Slater. He speaks a lot of it. In fact that's all he speaks.

Posted by vik56in on (February 28, 2014, 23:58 GMT)

Dirk Nannes is the nicest bloke around. He also seems to be eternally happy !

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 22:40 GMT)

Dirk, top bloke. You forget to mention your singing prowess at the Chime choir back in the late 80s!!!! Good times.

Posted by Alexk400 on (February 28, 2014, 19:40 GMT)

he is kinda funny guy. I really thought he would succeed for australia. He had everything with respect to bowling. Tall , fast but lacked heart. More of he was thinking of beach when he was bowling. He kinda disinterested in cricket in general. But it seems like he is a goofy funny guy.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 17:00 GMT)

Nice person, really liked his attitude, cool, calm, and very much into his bowling, never seen him frustrated with his bowling, yes if he cant be in odis or test he surely should be in t20 ......

Posted by milepost on (February 28, 2014, 13:54 GMT)

Good one, entertaining and funny.

Posted by Nuxxy on (February 28, 2014, 9:10 GMT)

I understand the AB thing. Gayle has his areas, so you can bowl accordingly. But AB can hit you anywhere off any ball.

Also agreed about the LBW thing, especially with ball tracking.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 8:28 GMT)

Jolly fellow. Liked his interview. The best part is he is australian and doesn't sledge.

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