Keeping Quiet: Paul Nixon: The Autobiography

By Paul Nixon, Jon Colman

From Gower to Flintoff, Waugh to Vaughan, Cronje to Pietersen, Paul Nixon has shared a dressing room with essentially the most evocative names in overseas and household cricket—and frequently enraged them at the box of play. The wicketkeeper, often called his sport’s such a lot prolific "sledger," has accumulated greater than two decades of news from his profession on the middle of the sport and now unearths them in as a rule outspoken variety. From "Fredalo" to match-fixing, Nixon has skilled one of the most infamous episodes in cricket background, possesses strident critiques at the online game, and has a song list of luck within the English top notch online game and the Twenty20 revolution. With an emphasis on off-the-field anecdotes, Nixon additionally lays naked the character that led the Australian legend Steve Waugh to check him to "a mosquito humming round within the evening, that should be swatted yet continually escapes."

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One other ten mins move by means of. a couple of hands are commencing to discomfort. 5 extra mins and a few are getting bored, joking round and making a song, ‘Is there anyone theeeeeere,’ in a pub-singer voice. a few take their hands off the glass. Stevens explains that, so long as folks preserve touching it, we're okay. Then, the glass strikes, a number of inches to the perfect. all of us examine one another. ‘Right, who driven it? ’ Hodge asks. no one confesses. every body is all of sudden lethal critical. in actual fact, so calmly are we touching the glass, with the information of our little arms, that it'd be very unlikely for one individual to strength the glass in a brief sliding movement with no it being blatantly visible. these folks who've been staring at the glass heavily have visible no such interference. ‘Is there anyone there? ’ some of us ask. The glass slides to the left, towards the piece of paper marked ‘YES’. Fucking hell! We’re away! ‘What’s your identify? ’ Stevens asks. Slowly, the glass starts off sliding round the desk, making brief, scraping motions from letter to letter. M-A-R-G-A-R-E-T, it spells out. ‘Margaret! ’ ‘Margaret? who's Margaret? ’ ‘Our spirit guide,’ confirms Stevens. one after the other, all of us take turns to invite Margaret questions. while one participant speaks, the remainder take a seat immobile. before everything, we unravel to check ‘Margaret’, to determine if it isn’t one of many boys who has in some way came across a manner of manipulating the glass. by way of me, I ask her to inform me the identify of my overdue granddad’s favorite puppy. not anyone within the room is aware this, i'm sure. The glass dutifully slides towards J. Then I. Then P. J-I-P. ‘Jip! Granddad’s puppy Jip! ’ this is often unreal! Hodgey’s flip. He asks Margaret to call the pub the place his previous Victoria trainer and fellow Aussie David Hookes had died after an attack a number of months in the past. The glass duly slides back. NO ‘No? ’ It then starts off relocating back. H-O-T-E-L resort. definite! It used to be a lodge the place he had died, now not a pub. Then the glass strikes back. B-E-A-C-O-N-S-F-I-E-L-D this is often getting heavily frightening. everybody takes his flip, firing questions at Margaret. the various lads ask her approximately relations who've passed on to the great beyond. every one enquiry is spoke back with terrifying accuracy. My move back. ‘Margaret, will we all need to be touching the glass? ’ A slide to the precise: NO ‘Do 3 folks need to be on it? ’ NO ‘What approximately folks? ’ sure ‘What approximately only one people? ’ NO ‘Can you contact me, Margaret? ’ convinced I shut my eyes, and consider a faint brush on my correct arm, as if anyone is particularly lightly tickling my arm hairs. I shoot my eyes open. not anyone is giggling, or guiltily taking flight an arm. abruptly, the silence is shattered by means of a noisy knock at the door. To a guy, we shit ourselves. Into the room bursts one other determine from the following international – a tremendous, bushy determine donning just a pair of white Y-fronts. ‘What the bloody hell’s happening right here, lads? ’ Phil Whitticase enquires, rubbing his eyes. ‘Phil,’ an individual whispers. ‘Margaret’s the following. positioned your hand in this and ask her a question. whatever none people is aware.

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