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Monday, 10 July, 2000, 11:07 GMT 12:07 UK
Famous Fan: John Kettley
John Kettley
TV weather man John Kettley joined the Met Office in 1970 and has been a member of the BBC team for the past 15 years. He is also a lifelong cricket fan.

Q: What is your first cricketing memory?

A: I was brought up in the border town of Todmorden, the only Yorkshire side in the Lancashire League, and my parents soon introduced me to some of the top world cricketers of the early 60s e.g. Roy Gilchrist, Conrad Hunte, Frank Tyson, Wes Hall.

I was flat on my back in the pram when Everton Weekes appeared in the mid-50s.


Fred TRueman
Trueman: Reaches 300 Test wickets in 1964
Q: Which player was your boyhood hero?

A: Probably Freddie Trueman. My county, my country and definitely my type of cricketer. He was the best of his era (he told everyone).


Q: Did you play for a school or club team?

A: Played for Todmorden Grammar School for several years, captain on occasions, opening the batting and the bowling. Also represented Todmorden CC many times, mainly seconds and thirds, but once picked for the first XI - it rained all day!


Q: Which current player do you most admire?

A: I am a huge fan of the dedication that Australians show to the game. Steve Waugh is always in the match and can always be relied upon to score runs or take wickets.

As an Englishman I have great admiration for anyone brave enough to face the likes of McGrath, Walsh, Donald and Ambrose. Mike Atherton is still one of our best players.


Mike Atherton
Mike Atherton walks out to bat at Trent Bridge
Q: Which is your favourite cricket venue?

A: Trent Bridge is a wonderful homely venue lose to my heart as I spent five years in Nottingham before heading to London in 1985.


Q: Should technology be used to help umpires with lbw decisions?

A: The technology is there to be used but not to be abused; the umpires are a dedicated bunch of ex-players for the most part who know what the game is all about.

Everyone accepts that mistakes are made by umpires but considering the number of decisions they are called on to judge there are very few errors. Use technology by all means but not to embarrass umpires.


Q: If you were in charge of the ECB, what would you do to improve the fortunes of the England team?

A: A difficult and sensitive issue as I have close links with the ECB. I do believe one-day cricket has been detrimental to batting technique and that is all I would say.


Q: Will a two-division Championship succeed in raising standards?

A: Eventually standards will be raised, but at what cost? The best players may transfer to a nucleus of say eight clubs thereby changing the face of county cricket for good. We would probably revert to one Premier division plus the rest.

We have seen how English football has changed in recent years but we still cannot win major tournaments.


Q: Do you believe Hansie Cronje has told the full story?

A: No comment


Joel Garner
Joel Garner: His height made him a handful for batsmen
Q: Which fast bowler past or present would you least like to face?

A: Joel Garner delivered from such a height that I believe batting against him would be a nightmare.


Q: Which would you rather watch - Test or one-day international?

A: Call me old-fashioned but I still prefer Test match cricket. I really look forward to the day when we can play a Test which lasts five days and beat Australia.

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