I'm very similar, pretty much down to the SA summer, although I remember the games earlier that summer with Willy Watson and Danny Morrison bowling at the Australians.Cannot pinpoint an exact date, I have been a follower for life. Picture on the wall at my parents place of me at about 6 months of age lying on a bean bag watching Australia play New Zealand on the television.
My first real memory, and series that captivated me was probably the Australian v South Africa double series in 1993 and 1994. Warne starting to make his mark, Donald bowling at high speeds, plenty of high quality cricket.
From Top Trumps, bizarrely.
As a kid I used to collect the packs of cards from which one reads out a particular stat in the hope that your card is higher than the other players & I managed to procure (or my mum bought, to be more accurate) several cricket-based packs, including, memorably one pack called Mike Brearley's Batting Aces into which he modestly included himself!
It all sprang from there.
Lol. I'm pretty sure you win the thread for that.Was sometime in 2006. Had watched a programme where the host quipped that the English had no philosophical minds so they invented Cricket to get an idea of infinity. Thought that sounds like a sport to get into. Ashes DVDs helped.
Are you sure about that? I remember all the ODIs from that tour very well (still have more of them than not on tape) and there were a couple of excellent run-outs but none that I recall being direct-hits from the deep.a stunning run out in an ODI vs Zimbabwe on the same tour (direct hit from the square leg boundary iirc)
My family doesn't even give cricket the time of the day. If it comes on TV, then it is quickly change the channel to other crap. So by rights I should never be a cricket fan.No idea really.
I remember idolising Brian Lara during his hot streak where he set the Test and FC innings records, played cricket between the ages of 8 and 12, can remember watching various random cricket occurances like Cork's hat-trick vs the West Indies in 1995, Alex Tudor's 99* vs New Zealand in 1999, Lance Klusener (my first cricketing idol as a result of actually watching someone play) smashing seemingly every bowler he faced to all parts in WC 99, Warne's mesmerising bowling and THAT run out in the 99 semi final, being absolutely gutted that South Africa didn't make it (always hated Allan Donald for his role in that incident), Gavin Hamilton getting a pair in South Africa in 1999/00, a stunning run out in an ODI vs Zimbabwe on the same tour (direct hit from the square leg boundary iirc), loving the Zimbabwe side of Flower, Flower, Campbell, Streak and Olonga, Butcher's great innings in 2001 vs Australia.
However, I still have no idea why I ever started watching any of that in the first place. I've always loved sports, however there's no really strong cricketing influence anywhere in my family. In terms of what really got me into cricket, it's probably the 1999 semi that I first started loving the game, remember making a very conscious effort to watch the South Africa vs England series that winter during the Christmas holidays (had a paper run, so I'd get in about 8/half 8 in the morning and just watch cricket for a couple of hours.)
Properly started following/supporting England in the 2003 home summer with the Test series vs Zimbabwe and South Africa.
In the mists of time I might have over exagerrated that one, there was one excellent run out effected from the deep where there should have been an easy second run though - like I said, I'm sure it was a direct hit, it could possibly have been just an excellent throw though.Are you sure about that? I remember all the ODIs from that tour very well (still have more of them than not on tape) and there were a couple of excellent run-outs but none that I recall being direct-hits from the deep.
More Pothas I would say, remeber your Solanki love though, (remember he had double the amount of ODI hundreds as Collingwood at one point)Alex Tudor and Vikram Solanki.