BROWN Q and A
in good form Simon
I've just finished a two-day game with the second team and that
went okay so hopefully I should be back in the swing of things sooner
rather than later.
to Durham at the start of 1991 - but how did you end up at Northants
It was because Durham didn't have a first class county cricket team
so if you wanted to play first class cricket you had to go somewhere
else. I played club cricket up here and did reasonably well and
got picked up by one of the local scouts who asked if I wanted to
go for a trial there. Career-wise though things have only taken
off since I came back up here.
be fair to say that you could not get back here fast enough?
I was delighted at the idea of playing up here. A new county is
very exciting and the fact that it was my home county was even more
so - it was perfect timing as far as I was concerned.
have you got left in the game?
The main one now is to try and get Durham back in the first division
in both competitions and just to contribute as much as I can towards
that. It would be nice to help some of the younger lads as well.
Do you look
forward to playing with some of these younger players who are coming
through - especially after playing in a struggling team for many
Some of the younger lads have really progressed. It does take time
though - you don't become a good player overnight just as you don't
become a bad player overnight. They have come on and developed though
and become very good cricketers.
How is the
benefit year going?
It is going well. I suppose it is the sort of thing all cricketers
look for really - to play in one place long enough to be awarded
a benefit. It is quite tough in that there is a lot of running around
involved but at the end of the year I am sure it will have been
very worthwhile - people have been very generous.
any events you would like to tell us about?
I have a luncheon at the House of Lords on 24 September that I think
will be a particularly good occasion and various initiatives between
now and then.
have you formed of Martyn Moxon?
I think he has been excellent. He has got on very well with everybody
straight away. He is very well organised, he deals with people very
well, talks to them very well. It is nice to have him here.
Do you have
any regrets about how you performed in your one test match against
Pakistan at Lords in 1996?
The biggest regret was the fact that we used different balls in
the test match to what we had done all season. We used balls that
don't swing very much and that is my main threat - I was blunted
a bit by using them which was disappointing. It would have been
nice to bowl a little better as I had been bowling better in the
county games leading up to the match.
your reaction to Paul Collingwood's England call up?
I was over the moon. For the last two or three weeks I have thought
that the way he has been playing has made him the type of player
they would be looking to include in the squad and I think he thoroughly
deserves it. He is a smashing cricketer who thinks about what he
is doing as well. I am sure everybody at the club is delighted for
Do you think
there might be a few more international call-ups from within the
Durham ranks in the next few seasons?
Yes I am sure there will be. The academy and second team is very
strong. We have some good lads coming through and people like Paul
show that it can be done.