“My dad is a member here and he gave me a high five and a hug on the way out. He’s done that a few times here, it’s quite nice. The noise is just electric really, it’s something that because of the size of the room, you can hear the echo and it makes for a fantastic start to your innings really, a start to your game.”
First Ashes Hundred – 180 vs Australia, 2013
“It was a Saturday at Lord’s. I remember being on about 10 and nicking one between first slip and the keeper and thinking ‘I’ve got to make the most of this!’ I don’t think it was my most fluent hundred by any means but I remember hitting one down the slope off (Ashton) Agar to bring it up and it’s a feeling like no other really. It was very special.”
Hundred in first game as captain – 190 vs South Africa, 2017
“I wasn’t very well that week which probably helped me to concentrate and take my mind off everything else that was around the game, I didn’t have enough energy to waste on all the external stuff and I could just concentrate on my batting.
“Sometimes it feels like things really do fall into place for you and that they’re meant to be and again, that was a very special day and a nice way to start off as captain.”