My Cricket Inspiration...Phil Tufnell on Botham, Richards and others - Cricket World TV
Former England and Middlesex spinner Phil Tufnell names Sir Ian Botham and Sir Viv Richards among the players that inspired him when he was young.
Tufnell grew up watching great players such as Dennis Lillee, Jeff Thomson, Botham and Richards, although he would end up playing alongside Botham and even dismissed Richards, as he fondly remembers.
"I was watching Lillee and Thomson, that amazing West Indies side, Beefy - Beefy's Ashes - and then 10 years later I'm sat in the same dressing room as the fella.
"I had a wonderful career and got Viv Richards out.
"I can remember sitting at home on the sofa with a cup of tea as a boy watching Viv Richards smash us all round, so then to bowl at him and get him out at The Oval - it doesn't get much better than that."
Having named fast bowlers and all-rounders, we asked Tufnell, speaking to us during the launch of his autobiography Where Am I?, whether any slow bowlers had captured his imagination in his youth.
"I was inspired by a bit of everyone - there was that West Indies side with the great pace bowlers, I saw a little bit of John Emburey who I managed to play with," he added.
"(I also saw) Phil Edmonds, and a bit of Derek Underwood as well when I was very young."
Tufnell played 42 Tests and 20 One-Day International appearances and since retirement has gone on to become a team captain on BBC sports quiz show A Question Of Sport and a regular co-commentator on BBC Radio's Test Match Special.
"It's the same with the likes of Question Of Sport which I'm on now," he said.
"I can remember playing that when I was a kid, and now I'm the captain.
"I can remember listening to Test Match Special as a boy, stuck in a traffic jam with my Father going down to Brighton or somewhere, listening to Johnners and Arlott waft over the airwaves and now I'm involved with that."
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