Phil Tufnell jokes that if he were giving advice to anybody starting out in the game he would tell them to become a batsman before stressing the importance of not trying to emulate anybody else.
Tufnell took 1,057 first-class and 103 one-day wickets during his career with Middlesex, the MCC and England but jokes that he wouldn't advise people to take up bowling.
Perhaps adding further weight to the argument that cricket is becoming more and more of a batsman's game, he laughed as we asked him what advice he would pass on to young players.
"Be a batsman!
"Or if you are going to be a spinner, spin the ball hard and be your own man," he added, before talking more about forging your own path in the game.
"Do it your way. Don't try and emulate anyone else, find your way and stick to it."
Of the 1,160 wickets he took in his career, 121 came in 42 Tests for England and there were a further 19 in his 20 ODI appearances.
He also has a first-class half-century to his name, an innings of 67 not out against Worcestershire in 1996.
Tufnell was talking to us during the launch of his autobiography Where Am I? which was released on 27th August.
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