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Harry Gurney

'I want to go to the World Cup with England and win it'

Harry Gurney on his first England shirt, the biggest joker in the Notts dressing room, and the best fast food

Interview by Jack Wilson

August 17, 2014

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Harry Gurney was making his T20 international debut, England v Sri Lanka, T20, The Oval, May 20, 2014
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Assess your England career to now.
Very enjoyable and very humbling. It's with a great deal of pride that I'm playing for my country. I'm desperate for it to continue for far longer.

You have played a lot of short-form cricket for England. What are your ambitions?
I'd love to play Tests one day. That would be massive for me - but my ambitions are more short term. I want to go to the World Cup with England in Australia and New Zealand next year and win it.

At the start of the 2009 season, you had to win back a contract at Leicestershire having been dumped by them. Now you are an England regular. It has been some turnaround, hasn't it?
It has. It was one of those moments where I had to swallow my pride a little bit. They decided I had to come back and earn a contract. I just got my head down and worked hard.

You are one of a number of players to swap Leicestershire for Nottinghamshire. What problems do they have keeping their top talent?
At the moment it's difficult for them to attract players. That's the main problem. But the complaint that players leave for more money elsewhere and that's why they're going is rubbish. That's not true at all.

Where is your first England shirt?
It's tucked away with all my others but I'll get it framed. I'm not massive on mementos, although I do have all the balls I've taken five-fors with, a ball I took a hat-trick with, and the shirt I wore when we won the CB40 final.

Which format of the game is most enjoyable to play?
I enjoy playing T20 the most. You get to play in front of good crowds week in, week out. But, saying that, celebrating a good four-day win is the most satisfying thing in domestic cricket.

Who is the greatest left-armer to have ever played the game?
Before I answer this, I'd like to say my knowledge of the history of cricket is absolutely abysmal!

Let's change the question. Who is the best you have seen?
The one I've enjoyed watching the most is Ryan Sidebottom. He's been tremendous.

Describe your batting in one word.
Destructive.

Do you enjoy batting?
Well, that depends. If the bowler is bowling less than 85mph then yes. If it's above 85mph, I'd say no. I work on my batting a lot in training.

What is the secret to bowling the perfect yorker?
Practice, simple as that.

Who is the best lookalike in the Nottinghamshire dressing room?
James Taylor - he looks like Barry Manilow.

 
 
"Celebrating a good four-day win is the most satisfying thing in domestic cricket"
 

Who is the biggest joker?
Luke Fletcher. He's always messing around, chucking stuff off the balcony and winding up the gaffer [Mick Newell].

Who is the the most intelligent?
Well, that's me by a country mile.

And the least intelligent?
I could name five who haven't got any GCSEs.

Name one.
Samit Patel.

Who eats the most at teatime?
Again, Samit Patel.

Who was your childhood hero?
Cricketing-wise, Dale Steyn.

What is the best meat to have in a roast dinner?
I'd have to say I'm a chicken man myself. Yep, chicken - but breast, not leg.

And the best fast food?
It's between two. It'd have to be a Big Mac meal from McDonald's or an Italian BMT from Subway.

On a night out, how long would it take you to mention you are a cricketer?
Getting me on a night out occurs once in a blue moon. But on the rare occasion I do, I never mention it!

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Posted by   on (August 19, 2014, 6:41 GMT)

dreaming is good ,,,,but it is what it is dreaming

Posted by StevieS on (August 18, 2014, 16:24 GMT)

Gezzz their are some precious Akram supporters here, sure he is the greatest left arm bowler but does it matter if Harry Gurney didn't mention him or may not even know who he is? I watch 8/10 cats a few years ago when Andrew Flintoff was on, he doesn't watch cricket at all and even went to say that he doesn't like the game same with Curtly Ambrose, never liked the game at all until he found out he was good and still doesn't watch it apart from a coaching perspective. Not everyone lives and breaths cricket and if it is you job can you expect them to also follow it religiously?

Posted by   on (August 17, 2014, 16:51 GMT)

Greatest Left Arm Bowler, is WASIM AKRAM dude, without a shadow of Doubt!!!

Posted by jkaussie on (August 17, 2014, 11:14 GMT)

All of you folks getting upset at him not mentioning Wasim Akram...he said his cricket history knowledge is abysmal so they changed the question to best "he had seen". So considering he hasn't seen much cricket outside of his own competition, he named Sidebottom...no big deal guys! :) Read the thing properly, before you get carried away!

Posted by   on (August 17, 2014, 10:47 GMT)

Have you ever heard of Sir Garry Sobers, Brian Lara live Lloyd !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Jaffa79 on (August 17, 2014, 7:44 GMT)

I agree with Mohammad Ahmad. How on Earth does he not know Wasim Akram? Left arm fast bowlers are fairly niche and it isn't like there are tons of them! Akram was the master with the old ball and very very good with the new one! I suggest Harry check out Wasim's footage and if he can achieve a quarter of what he did, he'll do ok. As it stands, he isn't quick enough and doesn't bring the ball back into the right hander, which is a pre-requisite for any left armer. Any leftie that can't do that gets eaten up by good batters pretty quickly.

Posted by   on (August 17, 2014, 6:06 GMT)

Greatest left armer - sidebottom! Really! Did you start playing/watching cricket 2 years ago? Have you ever heard of someone called Wasim The Wizard Akram? Sorry mate but that is abysmal!.....especially considering you are interested in playing international cricket.......

Posted by kuntal_cares on (August 17, 2014, 4:30 GMT)

The footer of the article says "James Taylor was speaking at a NatWest T20 Blast event". Then whose interview is this? Gurney's or Taylor's?

Posted by lillee4PM on (August 17, 2014, 4:03 GMT)

"...with England and win it." Hmmm, yeah, good luck with that!

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