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Thanks mate, hard to say I think. I managed to find some time to stop and have a look around the basin after play the other day. It started to sink in a little bit but probably will more so over the next few weeks.
There's always a difference between individuals in that sort of situation. We had a white board in our changing room which Corey was drawing caricatures on for most of the three days haha. Boulty and Tim were playing cricket in the sheds most of the time, I don't think they watched a single ball!
Yea pretty challenging actually. I think in that sort of situation everything is out of your control so you've just gotta go with the flow. I got a bit of a shock when I actually had to head out there, which is a testament to how well Baz and BJ were going. There's always a drinks break around the corner that you can run off in, haha.
The ball after I got out in the first innings! Haha I don't know about other people but that's pretty much my aim every time I go out to bat. There was plenty of time left in the game and we weren't going to declare so it was always in the back of my mind.
Yea mate, batting with baz is always a good experience I've been doing a fair bit of it lately with Champions League and the NZ limited overs stuff. He keeps things pretty straightforward when we're out there which works perfectly for me. By the time I got out there he was pretty knackered so there wasn't a whole lot being said.
It was a pretty strange time to go in actually. We had completely dominated the play for a couple of days but if they got a couple of wickets they would've been straight back on top again. I just tried to keep things as simple as possible and get my innings of to a decent start. Once you sort that out then everything seems to flow on from there.
I think when you score 300 you're always going to go through periods where you're challenged mentally. Innings like that don't come around very often so it's uncharted territory, how many times do you have a 13 hour net? haha. I just tried to go about my business as usual and I knew that if I played the way I should then it would take most of the pressure off him.
I actually really enjoy being not out overnight, at least you have a clear idea of what's going to unfold the next morning. I find being next in a lot more challenging as you could potentially be facing the second ball of the day, or not batting until after tea. The guys all handle things differently though, I know some struggle with the sleep side of things. I'm still a tired teenager at heart so I don't struggle too much!
Thanks mate. Absolutely, I don't think I'll play too many games if I only come in when we play 4 seamers! As an allrounder your development doesn't really follow a plan, but my contribution with the ball is something I'm dedicating a lot of time to at the moment. However, Boulty, Tim and Waggy are doing an amazing job at the moment so it's a challenging spot to break into currently.
Yea he offered some decent chat! haha. He was mostly yarning to baz which is understandable. The rest of us just managed to get the odd comment in here and there. He seems like a good fella and it's always nice when a team's success is recognised like that.
Thanks mate. It's hard for me to quantify because I've only been in the team for a short period of time. I think the crucial aspect of our culture at the moment is the constant desire to get better. That's lead by guys like Baz, Ross and Kane who work unbelievably hard on developing their games. It almost becomes a little bit embarrassing to train next to them because they work so hard. It's also just a great bunch of guys, there's always banter flying around in the sheds which keeps morale up. In cricket you're always going to be facing failure, so being able to laugh at yourself is crucial.
I gave it a go a couple of times! Haha. Brendon has been a massive player in the last couple of years of my career, so I badly wanted to be at the other end if/when he brought up the 300. To be able to share such a special moment with a good mate was amazing and it's something I'll always remember. As far as pressure goes it actually made it a lot easier. No-one was there to watch me bat, just for him, so I just went about my business at the other end.
In all seriousness though, I'm not too stressed out about that sort of thing. I'll keep going about my business and whatever that average ends up coming down to, I'm sure will be a fairer reflection of my standing in the game, haha.
Twitter is a good laugh actually. You may have gathered that I don't like to take life too seriously at the best of times. I think it's a great tool for having a laugh and some fun with the public and whoever's interested in joining in! As to who has the best twitter game, the numbers probably speak the truth, I've got about 1% of the followers some of the other guys have!
Tim is a free spirit mate! I gave it a go at controlling that fella in the first innings and cut my losses! I think his main issue is that every time he comes out to bat every bowler just tries to hit him in the head! Hahaha. I don't get to face the bowlers to often as I bat at the tailend of most of the sessions. Milney isn't too pleasant to face up to though!
When I was a youngster at school there were 6 guys in my class called James. Ever since then it's always been Jimmy! I'm not too fussed though mate
I know which one I enjoy the most! Haha. That's obviously been an overriding factor in the media over the last couple of weeks. To come out and score runs in the test and shake the 'minder' tag was pretty pleasing.
I opened for a year in school. I would be open to the idea but obviously it's about what's best for the team. I think that would be an incredibly challenging role to play in a team. Imagine fielding 140 overs, bowling 30 then having to strap the pads on straight away. It would be nice to bat with all the fielders in the cordon though!
That's obviously another reason it's been an amazing couple of weeks. I'm sure the IPL is going to be an unbelievable experience. It's something I'm just going to have to tackle as it comes as I'm not too experienced with that sort of stuff. Having Ross at Delhi with me will be a massive help.
Yes I watched it. It was one of the worst experiences of my entire life! Haha. I was very confident before the auction that I would get picked up, but when Rossco and Cameron White both went unsold it really rammed home how much of a lottery it was. Watching Corey go for 900k before me only ramped up the nerves. All's well that ends well though!
I'm just gonna turn up at Mumbai and hope that no-one notices I'm not him. Dunno how the left armer seamers will go though!
Hey mate. Just beforehand I thought I'd holed out to deep square leg so the nerves were jangling a little bit. When the ball came off the bat I thought there was only one there, but baz convinced me to come back for the second. The moment when I realised I was going to make it back and the crowd started fizzing up was pretty special. I don't think you really know how you're going to react in that sort of situation until it actually happens.
Thanks mate. The boys are obviously riding a massive high at the moment. The shorter format teams have been going fantastically over the last little while so the mood will be good heading over to Bangers. Make no bones about it, we're going over there to win it.
Thanks a lot for your time today Jimmy. Great answers. We will leave you with this one final question from Andrew.
Yep that is correct. The ball almost went over the back of the nets into the crowd. It was pretty fortunate actually because it may have killed an old lady who was seated there. 6 years later and I was out there playing for NZ, who would've thought?
Thanks again Jimmy and good luck in Bangladesh next month. Thanks also to everyone for their great questions.
And I still don't know where the ball's going hahaha
Thanks guys, have a good avo.