It's not great. It's one of those things that I've got to deal with, and its ramifications, work through it and hopefully play some consistent cricket. It has been stop-start for me, but [it's about] sending yourself to play, to put all of your goals and ambitions to one side and make sure you're having fun while playing and working through all those issues.
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Yeah, there are definitely elements of that. The brain is sort of complicated, I guess. When you get a few bad ones [concussions], you probably freak out - [those are the] darker periods. I have a lot of processes in place, and a lot of awesome people around me to help me through that. Ideally you don't get hit that often, but that's part of the game. Sometimes it's just about dealing with it and taking it as it comes.
I don't think it has changed my batting style at all, just the way I see cricket. You go out thinking cricket is everything and you come back and think, "Well, actually I've got a pretty awesome family, a great girlfriend, I 've got the cutest dogs in the world at home, and there's more to it." It's not everything that something bad happens from time to time - like getting injured.
(Laughs) No, I haven't actually. My skull hasn't cracked yet, so it's doing a good enough job.
I have done a fair bit, to be honest. I got into a few breathwork programmes, which is part of playing normally anyway. I love doing mindfulness.
Not really, it's just a management thing. It's human behaviour that someday you are going to wake up, thinking "Geez, wish I was somewhere else now" when days are so exciting [with lots of cricket being played]. But it's just how it works. For me, it's probably about accepting that more than anything: it's not going to be perfect every day, things aren't going to go exactly as you wanted them to. There's going to be tough times and there's going to be great times, and it's about coming back to who you are as a person that matters. Cricket sort of comes second to that.
Not much, really. Just "Be careful when you get hit, take your time and make sure there's no rush." But they are all pretty content. I have done a lot of tests, everything's good. Doctors are generally quite conservative. So, if they are happy for me to keep doing what I want to do, then there's no stress for me. It doesn't really keep me up at night.
It was important. I got to meet different people along the way. It's all been a part of something remarkable. Hindsight is wonderful because at that time you don't know what's going to happen, but in the long run, things seem to work out pretty well.
Definitely. Everything that has happened might have been for the greater good. I look back and if I had played 20 Tests now, averaging 40, I probably wouldn't be in the same sort of position I am in now. You learn a lot about yourself when you try to do things your own way and make sure you get yourself right. There is nothing that really worries me. Feeling pretty good at the moment, which is nice.
Maybe it looks bittersweet from the outside, but I am just proud and happy that I got to play for Australia. That's something that no one can ever take away from me, that I've played a Test match now. That first day when I was batting, after getting through the nerves, those ten-15 minutes felt like I was on cloud nine, it was so much fun. It just gives you a high, and I'd love to get back to it.
I don't really care [about the pressure] to be honest. I can only control so much. What people say about me, positive and negative, are not important to me. I don't read much media, I am sort of off social media. I am only there to check if Manchester United have signed anyone (laughs).
I was batting at No. 3 [in domestic cricket]. It wasn't too much of a transition anyway. One of my strengths is probably that I can bat anywhere in the order. I don't want to pigeonhole myself anywhere, I will just bat where I am told to. Obviously [that's the] way things have worked out for my state team back home. When I played that Test match, that opening slot opened up, and it's great that I can do that, but that doesn't mean I'm permanently an opener.
My passion has been for the long format. I have always loved the long grind, batting for hours. Fifty-over cricket - I find it exciting. My record isn't great, I'm probably going to have to improve on that. Hopefully I get opportunities with Victoria in white-ball games this year. We have some awesome white-ball players in Victoria. I wouldn't be surprised if there is not much of an opportunity for me, but if there is, I have got to do it.
Srinidhi Ramanujam is a sub-editor with ESPNcricinfo