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by John Pennington Saturday 17 October 2015
Former Middlesex and England spinner Phil Tufnell pays tribute to his parents, who he says he has "a lot to them for" as they set him on the path to a successful career.
Talking to him at the launch of his autobiography, Where Am I?, we asked him where it all began for him and he talked about the influence of his Mum and Dad.
"Well a lot of it was to do with my family, it's as simple as that," he began.
"My Dad was a fantastic supporter of me as a kid. Him and Mum were great sports people - football in the winter, cricket in the summer."
Long before Tufnell was bowling Middlesex and England to victories, and playing under high-profile coaches, his Dad was the man in charge.
"We'd all pile in the back of his Volvo estate, he'd go and pick up all the team, he'd have the balls and the nets, cricket bats and everything.
"I think without the support of them I wouldn't be where I am today, so I've got a lot to thank them for," Tufnell concluded.
Tufnell went on to play 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.
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