That's the second time someone said that to me. I actually didn't know that. I assumed there'd be a few players from Islamabad. Yeah, it's weird. The guy from Australia is the one who actually was born in Islamabad and is playing for Islamabad. It's nice to have that little lineage, like back in the BBL with Sydney Thunder. I grew up in Western Sydney, so I still have that connection. It's nice to have that connection here, too.
No. I'm probably the best person to be in this situation. I'm not structured at all! I could go with the flow as well as any of them. Even when we're on world tours and people ask me, "When's the next game", I'll be like, "I don't know!" All I know is we have three training days and then we have a game. I'm not looking that far ahead. I've been more of a short-term "what am I doing to get to this next point" [person]. And I take it from there.
Honestly, I haven't been out yet. I've just been in my balcony and it's pretty hot there, especially when the sun's on you. I played in some hot environments before - probably the UAE was one of the hottest ones. But I've played in Bangladesh, in Chittagong [Chattogram] or Colombo. Very hot and humid. You play in these environments a lot when you play cricket. One of the hottest days was during the IPL in Vizag [Visakhapatnam]. We were down there around May and it was the most ridiculous heat I ever played in. We didn't even warm up.
"It's weird - the guy from Australia is the one who actually was born in Islamabad and is playing for Islamabad"
I haven't had those issues over the last couple of years. I've kept myself pretty fit. As relaxed as I am, there's one thing that I'm very serious about, and that's what I eat and when I eat. It's very hard right now because we're getting this wonderful food with huge serving sizes. You get croissants and all these things that get put in front of you, and it's such a shame because I can't eat any of it.
I've played T20 cricket for Australia, played in the World Cup - I was the highest scorer for Australia in the last T20 World Cup. We haven't got the opportunity to play a lot of T20 cricket outside of Australia because of our domestic schedule, and I still want to play for Australia. So it's a balancing act. I could have easily given away playing for Queensland or Australia and then going to the T20 circuit. But I chose not to.
Look, it's hard this year, but sport can change very quickly. I just love playing cricket. That was the reason why I'm in the PSL now. I want to play in Pakistan. It's not going to happen [in the PSL] this time, which is unfortunate. Hopefully [I can do that] in the coming years, because it's something I've wanted to do for a long time.
No one really knows. Sometimes you just score a lot of runs. I worked really hard. In the three years before that, I was one of the leading performers for Thunder moving up to that year, but because Thunder didn't do as well on the field as a team, my performance probably got swept under the carpet a little bit. We were probably the worst team in the competition for a long time. And then when we started winning games, I was still contributing, and that's when people start to notice you.
"Trust me, if you're not running twos hard in Australia, you'll get found out very quickly. You won't play international cricket"
I've already got some of that data. One of the managers sent me data about myself, which I always look at, but it's funny to get the data straightaway. I think there's always a balance: you need to look at the data, but at the same time, if you are not doing your skills, if you're not executing what you're trying to do, then that's a problem. If I'm a batsman, I need to know what the bowlers are trying to do and try to combat that. If you're not focusing on simple things, the game can get away from you very quickly.
I read it, I always read it! I don't mind data because I've come from a science and mathematics background. But I also know that there's a place for both data and instinct. For me to execute my game, I know I need to keep things simple. So whatever data I look at, when it's game time, that data normally just gets put to the side a little bit and I just focus on the competition.
Not yet, but I will. I'll talk to Johan [Botha, Islamabad head coach] about it. I'm sure he'll have a plan and I'll make it work. Obviously powerplay is where I've started for most of my career. It will be somewhere around there. I'll do whatever the team needs me to do.
Playing in the subcontinent, especially as a top-order batsman or even as a batsman in general, I feel like there are a lot more boundary options because the grounds are usually smaller. The fields are rock hard. In Australia, there are big boundaries, soft outfields. The twos are massive in Australia. A lot of teams that win games rely on hitting twos. Obviously, boundaries and sixes are important. I quite like batting in these conditions. It's a little bit different; Abu Dhabi's a bit more Australia-like than Dubai and Sharjah.
I'm enthusiastic running between wickets. When I was younger, I might have been a bit slower. I run twos as hard as anyone. Trust me, if you're not running twos hard in Australia, you'll get found out very quickly. You won't play international cricket. So that's not the case at all.
That's a good question. I don't really know. It's one of those things where I got dropped from the red-ball and white-ball sides around the same time.
"Around the time Pakistan played Australia in the '99 World Cup final, my parents were Pakistan fans. Adam Gilchrist was the one who turned me over"
I have good relations with the main selector in Australia, Trevor Hohns, who lives in the same city as me. And Justin Langer [Australia's coach] and I get along with quite well. We don't always talk about selection, but I keep in touch with JL just because we get along. And then, at the end of the day, it's just about scoring runs and hopefully doing it at the right time when the opportunity presents.
No, of course, their son's playing for Australia! I'll be honest - my parents were diehard Pakistani fans and they lived there for 35-40 years. And even when I first moved to Australia, I pretty much supported Pakistan because I'd just moved to Australia and didn't feel the connection.
Danyal Rasool is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @Danny61000