Five Firsts

Cricketers on their milestones

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Haroon Rasheed

Impressing Viv and Greg

Former Pakistan batsman Haroon Rasheed on the compliments he received from two batting legends, and his admiration for Gavaskar

Ian Blackwell

'I had a hard career, because a lot of my games were against Australia'

Ian Blackwell on his only Test, being dropped for his best mate, and playing under Duncan Fletcher

Shaun Tait

'I earned my first cap when Australia was at its peak'

Shaun Tait remembers knocking out a batsman when he was 15, and playing alongside Shane Warne, a poster of whom he had up in his room as a kid

James Tredwell

'I didn't know what sledging was until I played in Australia'

James Tredwell on copping earfuls, his first time in an England shirt, and more

Chris Read

'Keeping is the most rewarding job on the park'

Chris Read talks about keeping, his call-up to the Test side, playing alongside his hero, and breaking a bat during his maiden first-class hundred

Rikki Clarke

'I didn't even know there was a chairman of selectors'

Rikki Clarke relives his surprise on receiving his England call-up, and talks about his agonising start in Test cricket

Andrew Hall

'Get a new helmet, I'm going to hit you again'

Andrew Hall on the cricketers he admired growing up, and the time he knocked Paul Harris over

Charl Willoughby

'I'd always be the one with the reddest trousers'

Former South Africa fast bowler Charl Willoughby is quite the stickler when it comes to shining the ball

William Porterfield

'I've captained Ireland since I was about 12'

William Porterfield talks leadership, his first match for his country, and playing on TV

Simon Jones

'I achieved what not many from Wales have'

Simon Jones on his dad's cricket legacy, and how Tendulkar could have been his first Test victim

Matthew Hoggard

Ambrose's death stare, and T20 madness

Getting the stink eye from Curtly, getting behind the reins of a side - Matthew Hoggard looks back

Martin McCague

'I used to sledge while batting too'

An Aussie who played for England remembers how the press reacted to his selection

Murray Goodwin

'I asked for my first autograph when I was 38'

Murray Goodwin talks about facing Shoaib, and bringing out the broom against Murali

Martin Bicknell

'Cricketers who say they don't suffer from nerves are lying'

Ten years between Tests? Martin Bicknell knows the feeling

Trevor Chappell

Lost at Lord's, pasted by Viv

Trevor Chappell on being hit through the sightscreen and other delights

Ian Botham

'I've never been in awe of anyone'

Not even Viv Richards. Ian Botham on his first ton, first wicket, and more

Jimmy Adams

'Only Bradman had a better record at that stage'

After his first 12 Tests, Jimmy Adams was close to legendary

Farokh Engineer

'I always idolised Muhammad Ali'

Farokh Engineer on meeting Ali, being rewarded for a catch in the outfield, and being yelled at despite having scored a century

Alex Tudor

'On my debut everyone had a go at my hair'

Alex Tudor got sweaty palms and styling tips in Perth. But he also got to play alongside his heroes

Phil DeFreitas

'Be a batsman and a legspinner'

Phil DeFreitas has some gloomy advice for young fast bowlers

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