Also put this on Cricinfo’s Surfer, a particularly good article from Matthew Hoggard ahead of his trip to Pakistan:
The main downside to touring is two months spent away from my wife, family and dogs. Our wives tend to decide among themselves whether or not to accompany us on tour and they are not coming this time, but will probably come to India with us after Christmas. Itâ€™s never easy to spend so long away from your family, although if you ask Sarah, my wife, she might tell you that having a husband who goes away for weeks at a time is the recipe for a happy marriage.
Full article at The Times.