Five Firsts


Impressing Viv and Greg
Impressing Viv and Greg

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

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

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

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

'Keeping is the most rewarding job on the park'
'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

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

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

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

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

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

'I achieved what not many from Wales have'
'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

Ambrose's death stare, and T20 madness
Ambrose's death stare, and T20 madness

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

'I used to sledge while batting too'
'I used to sledge while batting too'

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

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

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

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

Ten years between Tests? Martin Bicknell knows the feeling

Lost at Lord's, pasted by Viv
Lost at Lord's, pasted by Viv

Trevor Chappell on being hit through the sightscreen and other delights

'I've never been in awe of anyone'
'I've never been in awe of anyone'

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

'Only Bradman had a better record at that stage'
'Only Bradman had a better record at that stage'

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

'I always idolised Muhammad Ali'
'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

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

'Be a batsman and a legspinner'
'Be a batsman and a legspinner'

Phil DeFreitas has some gloomy advice for young fast bowlers