Tim Murtagh (Ireland and Middlesex Cricket)
Tim made his debut for Ireland in an ODI against Australia in June 2012 and has played 3 Tests, 58 ODIs and 14 T20s for his country. He has also played for Surrey (2000-2006) and Middlesex (2006-Present).
1. How are you keeping fit during lockdown? (Have your coaches set you a program or do you get to decide?)
I have hired an exercise bike which is in the garage to help me stay fit. We all have programmes to follow from Middlesex and we do 3 zoom fitness sessions a week together.
2. What are you missing most during lockdown?
I miss the competitive nature of playing sport. Plus the social interactions that every day life normally brings.
3. Which country (or place) do you most enjoy touring?
South Africa and Australia are my favourites. Great climate to play sport in, friendly sporty nations and have a lot to do outside of playing cricket too.
4. Who is the best player you’ve played against?
Chris Gayle is the most intimidating and Steve Smith probably the toughest to bowl at.
5. Who is the best player you’ve played on the same team as?
Probably Saqlain Mushtaq back in my Surrey days. He was a genius who won us many matches. Mark Ramprakash would be up there too.
6. What has been your favourite moment in your career so far?
Taking 5 wickets at Lords last year against England and winning the county championship in 2016 with Middlesex.
7. Who was your childhood idol?
Probably Darren Gough and Glenn McGrath from Australia.
8. What’s the first thing you are going to do when the lockdown restrictions are lifted?
Probably complain that I have to go back to work haha!