It is great, as a cricket fan, to know that most of the sport's greatest heroes are not nearly as spoiled by fame and fortune as some other professional athletes around the world can be. I have had the fortune to meet many players, past and present, over the last 18 months or so, and can honestly say that only two people (Michael Holding and Charl Willoughby) have not been perfectly approachable, friendly and appreciative.
With so many great characters around in cricket at the moment, who gets the vote as the nicest guy around?
Having met most of the England Test players from the past two years, plus most of last summer's South Africans and this summer's West Indians, Matthew Hoggard, Graeme Smith, Chris Gayle and Marcus Trescothick stand out as great blokes, and a bad word could never be said about the character of Ashley Giles. He deserves every success he gets.