Gareth Batty (England and Surrey Cricket)
Gareth is a former England international, having played 9 Tests and 10 ODIs for his country. He made his county debut for Yorkshire in 1997 and was still impressing with the ball 22 years later when he bowled a hat trick for his current county, Surrey, in May 2019. Gareth also played for Worcestershire.
1. How are you keeping fit and busy during lockdown?
All the players at Surrey have been given a fitness program to do from home. So, running long and short interval stuff. I’m lucky, I have some weights at home so leg and upper body alternate days. With core every day. 1 total day off a week.
2. What are you missing most during lockdown?
Being able to go out, travel and obviously play sport. Being a cricketer as a professional means you get to travel a lot.
3. Which country (or place) did you most enjoy touring?
I love South Africa, it is perfect for me as a person. They love sport and play hard. Lots of wildlife, great food, the climate is perfect and a few nice vineyards.
4. Who is the best player you’ve played against?
Wow, too many to name. I reckon you get two kinds of pro. One very naturally gifted and the other a work horse. Unfortunately, I’m the latter so I love watching and playing with and against great talent. Brian Lara if I had to pick.
5. Who is the best player you’ve played on the same team as?
I’ve been very fortunate to play with some unbelievable players. I think in an England shirt KP (Kevin Pietersen) won games on his own, probably more than any other modern player. Overall, Kumar Sangakkara. Great, great player and an even better person. Such a brilliant combination that I’ve never seen before and I’m not sure I’ll see again.
6. What has been your favourite moment in your career so far?
This one is easy. Every time I’m on the winning team. I love winning. Probably that feeling, with a couple of others, is the reason I’m still playing.
7. Who was your childhood idol?
Sir Viv Richards (and Sir Ian Botham, they kind of came as a package when I was a kid). I loved the way Sir Viv batted, so unique, so brilliant and he was a leader in his teams. I’ve always been driven to that type of player.
8. What’s the first thing you are going to do when the lockdown restrictions are lifted?
Take the kids to see their grandparents. This is only for you dad, maybe pop out for a cold Guinness. I’ll also be heading to my old club, Weybridge, for a pint and a catch up.