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'Not being super talented helped me understand what it takes to be an international cricketer'

Mar 21, 2016: Former England offspinner Geoff Miller talks about how the challenges he faced in international cricket shaped him as a player and later as a selector

Interview by Crispin Andrews

'I wasn't fast-fast, but I could be slippery'

Feb 25, 2016: Former England bowler Neil Foster looks back on his Test career, selection in the '80s, and playing with Gooch

Interview by Scott Oliver

'I had a fast-bowler's mentality in a medium-pacer's body'

Jan 16, 2016: Former New Zealand allrounder Craig McMillan talks about his brand of aggression, and his battles with Shane Warne

Interview by Andrew Fidel Fernando

'People say I was just a defensive bowler, and they are 80% right'

Dec 22, 2015: Former South Africa left-arm spinner Paul Harris on winning in Australia, proving people wrong, and surfing

Interview by Scott Oliver

'I'd have played Mitchell Johnson off the front foot'

Dec 15, 2015: Former England batsman David Steele talks about mixing it with the Aussies, his Test debut at 33, and coaching a young Stuart Broad

Interview by Crispin Andrews

'A bowler should be like a managing director of a company'

Nov 26, 2015: Chaminda Vaas remembers the 1996 World Cup, bending his back for wickets, and getting chewed out by Ranatunga

Interview by Andrew Fidel Fernando

'We had no idea how people felt about rebel cricketers in South Africa'

Oct 27, 2015: Ali Bacher recalls his days as an administrator in apartheid South Africa, and the time he binned a letter from Bradman

Interview by Crispin Andrews

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Sep 15, 2015: In unpublished interviews conducted before his death, Brian Close remembered the blows he took from the cricket ball, and captaining Trueman, Boycott, Viv and Botham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