"There's been so many great fast bowlers over time. I had a lot of trouble with the Pakistan attack around 2009-10. Mohammad Amir was just coming in, [Mohammad] Asif was a fantastic bowler, very skillful bowler. I thought Umar Gul was an underrated bowler, he was an excellent pacer."
"The team that I probably had the most trouble against was South Africa with Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel. They were hard to face particularly in South African conditions where the pitches were not always true and there was significant swing and seam movement for their bowlers. It made life difficult for us, I certainly did not enjoy facing those guys and they had plenty of success against me. Steyn is the one who I disliked facing the most. He had great skill and was someone who could change depending upon the situation of the game. Sometimes, he'd just bowl within himself and swing the ball around. If the conditions weren't suiting him, then he could crank up the pace and bowl up to 150-155 km/h and that skiddy sort of bowler I found quite difficult at times."
"There are so many better than players than me who deserve that nickname. I guess where it came from is just my love for the game. I love being out in the middle and the contest between bat and ball. I also love talking about the game day in, day out. It started in England when I was playing a County game and I was playing at Old Trafford against Lancashire. It was one of those cold, miserable days and no one really wanted to be there except for me, you know I was in the middle loving it, charging between the wickets, calling loud and didn't really want to be anywhere else. Andre Flintoff was playing for Lancashire and he turned to Brad Hodge, the overseas player for his side, and said: "This guy loves cricket more than anyone I know, he must be Mr. Cricket". Hodge, unfortunately, brought that back from Australia and told a few of the boys and it sort of stuck from there."