Sky Cricket Podcast: Michael Atherton opens Captain's Log series
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Last Updated: 20/05/19 5:23pm
Michael Atherton reflects on his five years as England Test captain between 1993 and 1998 in the first of our Captain's Log podcast series.
Over the next five weeks, every Monday, download and listen to the musings of former international captains Ricky Ponting, Richie Richardson, Andy Flower and Nasser Hussain.
The first in the series follows Atherton's stint in charge of England in the mid 90s, covering his beginnings in the job after taking over from Graham Gooch, the 'dirt in the pocket' affair, that Johannesburg innings, his relationship with former chairman of selectors and coach Raymond Illingworth, and his Ashes highs and lows.
As well as all of that, Athers talks of his captaincy ambitions to lead a younger England side that could grow together, his 'rivalry' with fellow captaincy contender Alec Stewart and his spell in charge of the ODI side - which included a disappointing 1996 World Cup in the sub-continent.
Athers reflects of the role of England captain as an "exhausting" one, but also "incredibly stimulating and challenging".
He says his main frustrations from his time in charge relate to not quite being able to deliver on the "clear vision" he had, and how he should have stepped down following the 1997 Ashes rather than be talked out of it.