I dropped a catch so it wasn't that great - it was Denesh Ramdin. As it's turned out, something deep down inside of me probably told me to drop that catch. It was obviously a different time of my life.
It is. At that stage I wasn't in the Queensland team, so it has gone from not playing first-class cricket to being lucky enough to play Tests and ODIs.
So far the reception has been quite good. I heard the odd little comment in the crowd but it wasn't too bad. It's just surprising. It shows I had some true fans when I was here and I hopefully did a job that they appreciated.
I have hopefully 30 or 40 friends and family coming. Hopefully there will be a few more that I don't know about. It's great to hear.
I doubt it, no, to be honest. I can understand it. I'm competing against Australia so I can understand them remembering my days as an Australian and feeling very proud.
I do feel that. In your late 20s and early 30s a lot of batsmen find their best form and I think that's what I have been going through, and hopefully I can continue it.
It has been. There was a lot more to it. First of all I had to be accepted, which was the main thing, from the Jamaican people. They are a very proud cricketing nation, so to be invited to trials within the first few months I was there was quite a big step, and that's probably what made it more difficult. People didn't quite understand why I was getting offered these trial matches for Jamaica when some guys had been playing for five or six years at local level and not getting a go.
Exactly. It wasn't that much different when I was back here playing at Queensland. You might have got two games. If you didn't perform there was another guy knocking on the door. I've always had that pressure.
"Since I've been involved it feels like West Indies are taking baby steps, but we're moving in the right direction. There's no more standing still"
When I first came in I wasn't expecting to play so many. I was just taking each one as it came because it's really a blessing. I never expected to play Test cricket and maybe, to some degree, that's helped me.
Every time you play a Test you are always looking forward to it. Given the opportunity to be in the XI, I want to do the best I can to help the team out, to keep coming on the strides that we have been making. Since I've been involved it feels like we're taking baby steps, but we're moving in the right direction. There's no more standing still.
There was no backyard but there was a bit of driveway cricket. There was a steep driveway. [Queensland's Nathan Rimmington, who got him out in the tour game] was there as well. It was more those guys playing. I was always working. Those guys were having a great time during the day and out partying. I might get a bat when I came home.
I haven't really spoken to him a lot, he's quite busy, so the odd email and text message. He's come on in leaps and bounds since I last played against him and has got a lot of confidence. He's one of the main bowlers, and with Brett Lee out now, he's No. 1.
Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo