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Nothing surpasses captaining your country - Graham Gooch - Cricket World TV

Graham Gooch says his time as England captain between 1988 and 1993 inspired him as a player and that nothing surpasses the honour of captaining your country.

Gooch led England in 34 Tests between 1988 and 1993, averaging 58.72 with 11 centuries during that time, including his career best score of 333 against India in 1991.

In the same period, he led England in 50 One-Day Internationals, guiding them to the final of the 1992 World Cup and scoring 1,378 runs as skipper.

"I think the captaincy, for me, inspired me," he said.

"I had the best part of my career when I was captain of England from 1988 through to when I retired in 1994/5."

With every aspect of captaincy now scrutinised heavily following the advent of social media and better technology, Gooch understands what the likes of Alastair Cook, Michael Clarke are going through.

"When you are captain, you have the responsibility, you have the need to direct the team and set the tone for team," he explains.

And that is even before considering dealing with the media, working with sponsors and other commitments that the modern captain must take in his or her stride.

Nevertheless, despite all of the hard work involved, Gooch says that leading England was an absolute honour for him.

"When people often ask me to think of an achievement you made in cricket, I always say the honour of captaining your country is not surpassed by anything else."

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