1. What is a life motto or philosophy you live by? Why?
“Try to get better everyday” This is something I have tried to live by my entire life. Sometimes when you set a goal in life, and you achieve it, you sit there and go well “now what do I do?” As a young boy yes my goals were very much cricket oriented, but there is more to life than the sport you play. So at a very young age, I made a pact with myself that I would always strive to get better every day at whatever I was doing, no matter what it was. Even if in cricket I scored 100 or 200 runs I always wanted to improve. It helped me have a more focused training regime and plan. That hasn’t changed today in regards to daily life whether in business or as a parent.
2. What was the best time of your life? Why?
Without a doubt, the best day of my life was when my wife Kyly gave birth to my daughter Kelsey Lee. I had so many amazing days throughout my cricket career and so many special days like when I got married to Kyly. But if I had to choose one, the best day was when I saw my little girl for the first time.
3. What did you want to be as a kid? Was it always playing cricket? And why?
I always dreamt of playing cricket for Australia, so yes I always wanted to play cricket for my country, and I always wanted to play cricket, I loved the game, but if I was not able to do that, then the other passion I had was to be a formula one race car driver. I have always loved my cars and motorbikes.
4. What is your biggest life accomplishment and why?
I think achieving my dream of playing cricket for Australia; it was a huge accomplishment of mine. There is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes in regards to your preparation, and growing up as a young boy, some people called them ‘sacrifices made’, but I called them ‘choices made’. The choices I made when I continually prioritised my preparation and training above all else is how I got to realise my dreams.
5. If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? And why?
The one thing I would like to change is to have more positivity in the world, over the time I have been alive I have seen a lot more negativity creep into our world. You think about the news on tv or the newspaper or even the radio; it’s like negatively is the only thing that sells. I would love to change that and the front page of the paper to be something positive. I would like people to be interested in that as well so then the media will portray more of the positive stories out there.
6. What are your favourite hobbies?
I love spending time with my family and cooking a BBQ – it’s my opportunity to shine in the kitchen. I love my rugby league, whether I’m watching it on the television or going to games – Go the Tigers. I also enjoy going to the movies, often Kyly and I will spend a couple of hours going to the movies together as it gives me some time to turn off my phone and relax.
7. What’s the craziest, most exciting thing you have ever done?
Craziest – sailing Sydney to Hobart. What an experience. This for me was well and truly out of my comfort zone.
Most exciting- Rally car driving, that was insane! It was an adrenaline rush and something that was a lot harder than I expected – being able to control a car at that speed with limited traction and being a car nut, I loved it.
8. What is your biggest fear?
My biggest fear is of sharks. Hence why Sydney to Hobart was one of the scariest and craziest things I have done because in the middle of the Bass Strait there are plenty of sharks.
9. If you could have one superpower, what would you choose?
I can’t pick one, so I will select two. I’d like to be invisible, and also be able to fly. Invisible because I would like to live my life away from the spotlight, and then be able to fly because in the air it seems to be a lot quieter with nobody around.
10. What’s the one thing that people always misunderstand about you?
Ok time for some less serious questions:
11. Pepsi or coke?
12. Chocolate or vanilla?
Depends, if it is ice cream, then I will pick vanilla, but I love milk chocolate.
13. Morning or night person?
14. PC or Mac?
15. Wine or beer?
16. Cats or dogs?
17. Call or text?
A combination, the majority of the time I will choose to text, but when I get frustrated that what I need to tell the person is too long, I will pick the phone up and call.
18. Scrambled or fried?
19. Orange or apple juice?
20. Passenger or driver?