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'I have no idea where the courage came from'

Sep 15, 2015: In unpublished interviews conducted before his death, Brian Close remembered the blows he took from the cricket ball, and captaining Trueman, Boycott, Viv and Botham

Interview by Nagraj Gollapudi

'Part of swing is finding the right pace and the right grip'

Sep 10, 2015: Former England fast bowler John Lever recalls the Vaseline incident, playing in Pakistan, and rooming with Derek Randall

Interview by Scott Oliver

Haidee Tiffen

'I've always wanted to help other people improve their game'

Aug 3, 2015: New Zealand women's coach Haidee Tiffen on her mentoring philosophy, winning the 2000 World Cup final, and retiring young

Interview by Vishal Dikshit

Mark Burgess

'At no stage did I think I'd be New Zealand captain'

May 19, 2015: Mark Burgess led his country's cricket team (though he thought he was better at football), had to miss tours to keep his job, and remembers the days when one-dayers were a novelty

Interview by Brydon Coverdale

'I don't think I was badly treated by England'

Apr 7, 2015: Former England allrounder Chris Cowdrey talks about living in his dad's shadow, his short-lived Test career, and favourite county memories

Interview by Jack Wilson

'As soon as you set your fields, the batsman knows your plans'

Feb 21, 2015: Former Pakistan offspinner Saqlain Mushtaq on the 1999 World Cup, fighting with Mohammad Yousuf, and hiding his wife in a closet

Interview by Scott Oliver

'I apparently peed in the garden at 10 Downing Street'

Jan 20, 2015: Former England fast bowler Simon Jones on 2005, injury, and naked photo shoots

Interview by Jack Wilson

'It would've been nice to have won an Ashes, having lost four'

Dec 5, 2014: Former England batsman Mark Butcher talks about playing under Hussain and Stewart, and his days with Surrey

Scott Oliver

'I like cricket but my true love is fighting'

Nov 12, 2014: The former England captain on being an excitement junkie, how good he'd have been at T20, and getting drunk with Alec Stewart and Graham Thorpe

Interview by Jack Wilson

'When I became an umpire, I didn't realise how complicated this game was'

Oct 22, 2014: Peter Willey talks about suiting up against '80s West Indies, why it's great to umpire in England, and talking to the press from his bath

Interview by Scott Oliver

'You can't survive 66 Tests on the basis of a quota'

Sep 26, 2014: Ashwell Prince talks about proving critics wrong, scoring hundreds against Australia, and that unending partnership in Colombo

Interview by Scott Oliver

'I spent 95% of my career bowling the same ball'

Sep 18, 2014: Former England seamer Angus Fraser talks about his workmanlike bowling, playing second fiddle, his stop-start career, and England in the '90s

Interview by Scott Oliver

'As you get older, you come to appreciate the tough times'

Jul 25, 2014: Jimmy Adams talks about the West Indian love for fast bowling, batting with Lara, and living a dream for nine years

Interview by Scott Oliver

'When you are offered the captaincy of Australia you don't decline it'

Jul 11, 2014: Seventy-nine-year-old Ian Craig talks about being the youngest Australian to play Tests, the "next Bradman" tag, and how Jeff Thomson caused him to retire young

Interview by Ken Piesse

'People might not remember me if not for the underarm'

Jun 9, 2014: The youngest of the Chappell brothers talks about growing up in a cricketing household, how baseball and football helped his fielding, and coaching youngsters

Interview by Vishal Dikshit

'I had absolute belief that I'd play for Australia'

May 15, 2014: Jason Gillespie talks about the awe he felt in his early days in the Australian dressing room, his double-hundred, and breaking his leg in Kandy

Interview by Scott Oliver

Dickie Bird

'Umpiring is done by machines these days'

Apr 30, 2014: Back in Dickie Bird's day the officials got respect and gave it. One of cricket's iconic umpires looks back

Interview by Jack Wilson

'I left the ground, had a toenail removed, and came back to celebrate'

Apr 9, 2014: Heath Streak talks about starring in Zimbabwe's first Test win, his mixed feelings about captaincy, and heartbreak in Port-of-Spain

Interview by Scott Oliver

Dean Headley

'It burnt to be told I didn't have the heart to play as a bowler'

Mar 18, 2014: Former fast bowler Dean Headley recalls good and bad days with England, his heritage, and the time he bounced Allan Donald and lived to tell the tale

Interview by Scott Oliver

Bob Taylor

'I didn't ever break a finger, but now they're a bit crooked'

Feb 26, 2014: Bob Taylor, who spent many years as an understudy to Alan Knott, talks about finally getting his chance, stumping Miandad, and keeping at Lord's aged 45

Interview by Scott Oliver
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