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Joe Sayers

 

 

Yorkshire star opening batsmen Joe Sayers talks about the psychological side of cricket

 

Darren Gough

Darren Gough

DOB: 18,09,70,
Birthplace: Monk Bretton, Barnsley, Yorkshire

Who: English cricketer, captain of Yorkshire County Cricket Club. England's best pace bowler since Bob Willis.

Record: 229 wickets in his 58 Test matches for England - England's eighth most successful wicket taker.

Description: Right arm fast medium bowler, right handed batsman.

Technique: 1.80 m & broad in beam, achieves pace from a good approach to the wicket & a beautiful, leaping, sideways-on action, achieving "skiddy" fast bowling.

The Interview

Darren,
Before we start, can I just say on behalf of Procoach,
'Thanks for taking time to answer our questions'.

  • Our opening question is . . . 'How did you get into playing cricket?'
  • Playing on the cul-de sac in Monk Bretton in Barnsley. Then I joined Monk Bretton U11’s as a 9 year old and played there until I was 16. But I always wanted to be a footballer unfortunately it didn’t work out but I’ve done pretty well out of cricket.
  • What is the highlight of your playing career?
  • My Yorkshire and England caps. There was also my hatrick for England against Australia at Sydney in 1999.
  • Who is the best batsman you have ever bowled at?
  • Early in my career it was Martin Crowe of New Zealand, Brian Lara and Adam Gilchrist have been the best of this generation.
  • What is the quickest ball you’ve ever bowled?
  • 94mph. It won me £10,000 in 1999 for been the quickest ball of the summer on TV.
  • Do you have any superstitions?
  • No not really!!! If I take wickets in a shirt I might wear it next time.
  • Did you ever have a role model? If yes, who?
  • Always wanted to do it my own way and see what happens, obviously I have always looked up to players such as Ian Botham, Steve Waugh and Malcolm Marshall.
  • Who is your closest friend in cricket?
  • Paul Grayson who used to play at Yorkshire and is now at Essex, he was my best man when I got married. Craig White I’ve known for 16 years is a pretty close friend and I am Kevin Pieterson’s best man this year.
  • What is the best tip you could give a young cricketer?
  • Always play with a smile and never give in. As long as you have more good days than bad days you’ll have a good career.
  • What is the best cricket ground you’ve ever played at?
  • Lords is always special. Kandy is Sri Lanka is very picturesque. MCG in Australia is awesome when there is 100,000 people in there.
  • And finally - here is the inswinging yorker . . . 'Do you still practice your dancing as much as your cricket?'
  • Not at all, I’m a natural!

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