Slater slams Gilchrist (for six)

Apologies for the irresistible tabloid-style title – SLATER SLAMS GILCHRIST FOR SIX. It’s worth a read

He mentions the following:

Being a cricketer you’re in an unreal world and you’re living an unreal lifestyle. There is no other sport that takes you away from your family like it does

I don’t think cricket fans truly appreciate how long the tours are, for today’s professional cricketers. Before aeroplanes existed, ships were the way to travel (I’ve been trying to find any references to how long the journey took – please let me know if you can help. I ought to know this as my Grandpa left NZ for England in the 20s…) – but with the amount of cricket played these days, players are away from their families more and more. Slater and, not long ago, Graham Thorpe are two victims of cricket-divorce and won’t be the last.

Steve Harmison has never been a good traveller, and this latest interview makes for interesting – if worrying – reading. The journalist tries to dispel any fears fans might have of Harmison not allowing the home-sickness to affect his performances, but doesn’t succeed. Perhaps we should all email him

And below is a pic of Slater at his very best…he was one of the first “pinch hitters” – well, in my opinion of course – in world cricket, part of a generation who upped a gear…3/over? No thanks – we’ll take 4 or 5 please!