MCC President Mike Gatting discusses touring Australia, MCC in Uganda, sacrifice in sport, and footballing superstar Lionel Messi on the latest Lord's Podcast.
Winning Down Under
Gatting, who is now one month into his tenure as MCC President, spoke of the respect tourists need to earn from the Australian public to be successful Down Under, ahead of England's defence of the Ashes.
"When you get out there, they make sure you know you're in Australia," he said on the Podcast, which is hosted from the J.P. Morgan Media Centre at the Home of Cricket.
It's very, very competitive almost bordering aggressive at times
"They make sure you know you're going to get beaten by the Ausssies, because you're Poms. It's very, very competitive almost bordering aggressive at times.
"If they do like you, they tell you so and respect you for what you've done.
"Really the thing you try and do when you've left Australia is to have earnt their respect."
Before Andrew Strauss in 2010/11, Gatting was the last England captain to win a Test Series in Australia back in 1986/7, an accolade that he didn't appreciate till later.
"You don't quite realise how special it is until you get home," he continued.
"You can see when you get out there the [ex-pat] crowds growing.
"And when they start showing the tennis on the big screens, because they're not doing so well in the cricket, you know you've done a good job!"
The podcast also featured a Twitter Q&A session in which Gatting answered questions submitted to the Lord's Twitter account, @homeofcricket.
Questions included: Who was the fastest bowler he ever faced? Any regrets about the rebel tour to South Africa? And an incident involving a tea lady at Kent.
The November Lord's Podcast is available to listen to and download via Soundcloud, iTunes, Audioboo and this website.
Gatting is joined by Lords.org's Will Roe.