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Until you’ve had depression I don’t think you’re qualified to talk about it.
– Geoffrey Boycott
If Trescothick had tried to get me off the field when batting well, I’d have hit him with my bat.
I played football for Leeds United under-18s, but at 17 my eyes started to go and I had to wear glasses. The football had to go – there were no contact lenses in 1957.
Since I had cancer I’ve realised that every day is a bonus.
I think England will win a Test. My concern is Australia will probably win two.
Once I got cancer of the tongue and throat, I realised that stress is a killer and I had to try and get stress out of my life.
To have some idea what it’s like, stand in the outside lane of a motorway, get your mate to drive his car at you at 95 mph and wait until he’s 12 yards away, before you decide which way to jump.
When I was playing the game we never had the benefit of TV or video to analyse our techniques or look at faults, we depended on other cricketers to watch us and then tell us what they thought we were doing wrong.
He was a top man and a good professional. He was one of those who you know will never play a trick and you can ask him to do anything for you and he will. An unassuming man and a great loss to us all.
I’ve known people with exceptional talent – and some have wasted it. Ambition spurs a man on.