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  • Our first guest of 2021 is one of my old teammates and one of the most skilled fast bowlers I have ever played with, Ryan Harris. Ryno came into international cricket late in his career but boy, he didn't waste any time making an impact and helped Australia win the 2013-14 Ashes and the following series in South Africa. Since his retirement in 2015, Ryno has turned his attention towards coaching and on this episode he shares the invaluable lessons he has learnt as a player and a coach. 

    Episode rundown

    02:58 - We start by talking through Ryno's career highlights, namely the 2013-14 Ashes and 2014 tour of South Africa

    13:14 - Ryno was a master of his craft and here he explains what worked for him and his technical checklist

    22:18 - Managing injury is part and parcel of being a fast bowler and here is how Ryno looked after his body

    30:09 - We then talk about the mental side of the game and how Ryno had to develop and work on his mental skills throughout his career

    42:13 - Having suffered a number of setbacks in his playing days, Ryno learnt different ways to deals with each challenge

    48:01 - We discuss how Ryno handled the media and his advice for aspiring players using social media

    54:20 - Ryno talks about how he has handled his income and what he would change if he had his time over again

    1:01:20 - Here Ryno talks about the mantra he lives by

    1:05:56 - The inspiring people Ryno has met

    1:11:34 - We finish with Ryno discussing his favourite documentaries

     

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  • On this episode of Lessons Learnt with the Greats you will hear from six greats – Stephen Fleming, Mike Hussey, Simon Katich, Harbhajan Singh, Dean Jones and Brett Lee – about the mantras they live by and the life lessons they have learnt. One thing I have learnt over the years is that life isn't a fairytale. There are tough times, down times, times when things can go from good to not so good instantly. This happens to people in all walks of life, including the legends of the game who have achieved incredible things.

    Episode Rundown

    00:55 - Stephen Fleming

    04:45 - Mike Hussey

    08:51 - Simon Katich

    12:32 - Harbajhan Singh

    16:39 - Dean Jones

    25:17 - Brett Lee

     

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  • Today is a special episode of Lessons Learnt with the Greats, focusing on the mental side of the game. I've been lucky enough to speak to some of the games greatest players about how they developed their mental skills and what their ultimate mindset looked like. Today we hear from five legends – Shane Warne, Allan Border, Kevin Pietersen, Mike Hussey and AB de Villiers about how they handled the mental aspects of cricket. I hope you enjoy it.

    Episode Rundown

    00:56 - Shane Warne

    09:31 - Allan Border

    21:35 - Kevin Pietersen

    30:44 - Mike Hussey

    38:39 - AB de Villiers

     

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  • As Dean Jones is remembered at the MCG today, on Deano’s favourite day of the year, Boxing Day, I give my little tribute to my hero and good friend. I miss him so much but his legacy and impact that he had on so many people around the world will live on forever.

    Rest In Peace mate.

    Episode notes

    03:10 - My favourite memories of Deano

    04:45 - Deano's most cherished moments for Australia 

    12:20 - We chat about batting and the skills Deano focused on

    18:09 - Deano talks through how he became a master of running between the wickets

    22:45 - The fitness side of the game

    28:25 - Deano talks about the mental aspect of cricket and his tough initiation 

    44:55 - How Deano has handled the media

    50:52 - We chat about wealth generation and the lessons learnt in that area

    1:03:50 - Deano's mantra for overcoming challenges 

    1:12:35 - The advice Deano would five his younger self

    1:21:31 - The influential books Deano has read

     

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  • This week on Lessons Learnt with the Greats I am lucky enough to chat to another one of my fierce Ashes rivals, Ian Bell. Belly was one of the finest and classiest batsmen I played against, particularly during the 2013 Ashes series in England where we could not get him out!. In our chat we discuss the importance of preparation, finding the right mindset, putting faith in the right people and how to handle the modern traps of a professional athlete. It was truly a privilege to speak to Belly and I hope you get out of it as much as I have.

    Rundown

    03:11 - After our introductions we start with Belly's career highlights, which involve two Ashes wins and a memorable series victory in India

    09:18 - We move to the technical side of the game and discuss batting and how Belly became such a quality player of spin bowling

    17:18 - Belly was always a fit cricketer and here he reveals the coach that pushed him to another level

    21:39 - The mental side of cricket is equally as important as the physical, and here Belly explains his mindset and who he learnt from in the England team

    34:48 - Belly talks about how he handled the media and the dangers social media presents to modern players

    40:39 - I believe how players manage their wealth is extremely important and Belly shares how he has handled that aspect of life

    46:44 - The mantra Belly lives by

    48:40 - How becoming a children's ambassador gave Belly a new perspective

    50:33 - We finish with the books and documentaries Belly has enjoyed

     

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  • Today's guest on Lessons Learnt with the Greats is a rock-solid wcketkeeper, dashing batsman and a wonderful teammate who shared a very similar ride to my own, Brad Haddin. Hadds worked as hard as anyone to become one of Australia's greatest glovemen and played a huge role in the 2013-14 Ashes whitewash and 2015 World Cup triumph. His thoughts on how he sharpened his on-field skills, altered his training regime and switched off mentally are priceless. I hope you enjoy this chat with Hadds.

    Rundown

    01:10 - We start by discussing a few standout highlights off Hadds's career, from his hundred in the first Test of the 2010-11 Ashes, to the 2013-15 cleansweep and 2015 World Cup win

    08:38 - Then we drill into the skills aspects of cricket, starting with wicketkeeping

    15:36 - Hadds was a brilliant batter in full flight and here we talk about how he did it at his best

    18:01 - We moving into the fitness regime Hadds used and how it changed over time

    26:35 - Here he discuss mental skills and how Hadds had a mental toughness from an early age 

    43:22 - How Hadds handled the media

    48:03 - We talk about life away from cricket, starting with the lessons Hadds learnt in investment 

    1:00:36 - The mantra Hadds lives by

    1:03:20 - The inspiring people Hadds has met

    1:07:33 - We finish with the best books Hadds has read

     

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  • During his five-year Test career, nobody took more wickets than this week's guest on Lessons Learnt with the Greats, former England spinner Graeme Swann. Swanny was a master of his craft, spinning his country to memorable wins in Australia and India and playing a huge part in England becoming the No.1 Test team in the world. What really impressed me was Swanny's simple yet beautiful perspective on cricket and life and how he mastered off-spin bowling by trusting his gut and learning a secret weapon from an Australian great. It's a wonderful chat with my old Ashes foe and as is always the case with Swanny, there are plenty of laughs. 

    Rundown

    01:18 - We start by going over some of Swanny's remarkable stats and how managed the pressure of playing at the highest level

    11:18 - We discuss one of Swanny's career highlights (and lowlights for my Australian team) from the 2010 Adelaide Test 

    19:45 - Swanny talks off-spin and how he ignored coaching advice 

    26:48 - Swanny had two cricket goals; take a five-for at Lord's and score a Test century. He achieved one and here we talk about how he'd give up 100 wickets for the other

    31:55 - We chat fitness and how Swanny's troublesome elbow brought an end to his career

    38:50 - Swanny talks about the mental side of the game and how he thought slip catching was the ultimate test of concentration

    46:52 - Here Swanny reveals how an Aussie legend taught him the ball that brought him countless wickets

    54:19 - Swanny's take on the media on either side of the fence

    59:12 - We talk finance and what Swanny would have done differently 

    1:03:42 - Swanny shares his life mantra and the inspiring people he has met

    1:08:20 - We finish with Swanny sharing his favourite books

     

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  • In Part 2, Macca talks about his mindset and how he set lofty goals that put him up there with the greats of the game. We discuss how he dealt with the media (something I wish I had done), how he played the game for love not money before finishing with three of his favourite books and a wonderful story about Mitchell Johnson. I hope you enjoy it. 

    Episode rundown

    01:00 - We kick off Part 2 by discussing Macca's mindset and what he did to get the best out of himself

    19:05 - Macca then reveals how he dealt with the media and how he still calls certain journalists friends to this day

    28:20 - Macca played the game for love not money and shares a brilliant story about Brian Lara and his philosophy on playing the game

    45:15 - Life doesn't always go to plan and here Macca shares his mantra for getting through the tough times, which he recently picked up from a Disney film

    47:01 - We finish with Macca talking about the books he loves and the stories behind them

     

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  • One teammate I wish I got to know even better during my playing days was the great Stuart MacGill, this week's guest on Lessons Learnt with the Greats. Macca didn't care about economy rate or average, he cared about taking wickets, which he did at a strike rate few have ever matched. In Part 1, Macca talks about playing behind Shane Warne, playing under different captains, his bizarre strategy against fast bowlers (it worked on me!) and goes into great detail about the technical side of leg-spin bowling. This is a must-listen for all aspiring leggies. 

    Episode rundown

    01:48 - We begin by talking about how Macca dealt with playing behind Shane Warne and making sure he was always the 'next guy'

    10:17 - When I was playing with and against Macca there was never a dull moment and here we discuss how he used to get under the skin of his opponents, including me!

    16:12 - I go over some of Macca's incredible statistics as he explains how leadership played an important role in his career

    38:43 - We dedicate the remainder of Part 1 to Macca's technical checklist and the craft of leg-spin bowling

     

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  • There are only a few bowlers who terrorised Australia like Shane Bond did and he is my next very special guest on Lessons Learnt with the Greats. Only injury held him back from being labelled as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time, but when he was on the park, he was one of the most potent and prolific pacemen in the world. In this episode, Bondy shares golden insights on fast bowling and his mental approach before talking about coaching and how he gets the best out of the best players. It is a fascinating chat and I hope you enjoy it.

    Episode rundown

    01:12 - We start by talking about Bondy's ridiculous career statistics and how he went about setting goals

    07:00 - Bondy shares his personal highlights

    12:50 - Bondy talks about bowling skills, technique and how he changed his action

    24:10 - Fitness plays a big part in fast bowling and here Bondy shares how he stayed fit

    28:16 - As one of the leading T20 coaches in the world, Bondy discusses his philosophies and learnings

    35:18 - We touch on the mental side of the game

    45:08 - Bondy explains why he played nice with the media but wasn't afraid to call journalists out

    51:33 - Here we talk finance and investment and what Bondy has done and would have changed

    1:02:46 - The life mantras Bondy lives by that were passed down from his mum

    1:05:00 - The inspiring people Bondy has met

    1:09:37 - We finish with the books and documentaries Bondy has enjoyed

     

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  • Mark Butcher is not just a former England batsman, although in his day he was sublime player and single-handedly won the fourth Ashes Test in 2001 at Headingley. Butch is also a polished media pundit and brilliant musician and on this episode of Lessons Learnt with the Greats we take a deep dive into his cricket career and his new passions. I still remember watching him bat against Australia when I was 16 and it was a great thrill to chat to him about how he went about it and how he met one of his idols, which I am extremely jealous of! Butch was a great chat and I hope you get as much out of it as I did.

    Episode rundown

    01:40 - We start with Butch recalling his Ashes memories before moving onto his match-winning 173no at Headingley in 2001.

    17:15 - Butch talks about team success and an incredible series in 2004 when England beat the Windies and Brian Lara scored 400 not out!

    24:05 - We go into the technical side of Butch's game, starting with batting

    34:30 - Butch talks catching as a terrific fielder 

    37:40 - We touch on Butch's fitness regime during his playing days

    40:51 - Here we discuss mental skills and how Butch tried to keep the thoughts out

    56:19 - Butch talks about the media, from transitioning from a player to a pundit

    1:04:33 - We discuss finance and how Butch handled his earnings from cricket

    1:08:25 - Butch talks about his music career and how he's made the change

    1:16:25 - The mantra Butch lives by

    1:20:35 - The person who has inspired Butch the most. This is a cracking yarn!

    1:24:27 - Butch shares the best books he's read

     

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  • I first knew Murali Vijay as a dangerous rival on the international stage but I've been lucky enough to play alongside him with CSK and learnt what a great player and person he truly is. I can vividly remember the times Vijay put the Australian teams I played in to the sword, and I can say it's much better having him as a friend than a foe! Vijay is a master of playing fast and spin bowling and hearing him chat about how he handles the turning ball is not to be missed. Vijay speaks so well about the mental side of cricket, his philosophies on life and playing with the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. 

    Episode rundown

    02:19 - Vijay and I chat through some his incredible career highlights for India and in the IPL

    06:35 - We get into the technical side of the game, starting with batting and how Vijay played spin bowling

    20:36 - Vijay explains his fitness regime and how he trains to cover all scenarios

    22:48 - There are few better close-in fielders than Vijay and here he talks us through his method

    25:31 - We delve into the mental side of cricket and how Vijay uses visualisation

    34:43 - Here we cover the media and social media and how connecting with people is so important 

    48:57 - Vijay explains how his father invested wisely and what he has done with his earnings

    55:15 - Vijay's mantra on life

    57:52 - How Sachin Tendulkar inspired Vijay

    1:00:42 - We finish with the book Vijay carries with him everywhere he goes

     

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  • Dwayne 'DJ' Bravo is the ultimate cricketer, a genuine allrounder who can star with the bat, ball and in the field and it's my great privilege to speak to him on this episode of Lessons Learnt with the Greats. DJ might make the game look easy but behind the scenes he is a true professional in his preparation and practice. During our fascinating chat, DJ talks all things cricket and goes in-depth about his aspirations as a music performer and producer, which serve as an inspiration for all people not just athletes. I hope you enjoy my chat with DJ, a real champion! 

    Episode Rundown

    03:38 - I share my favourite highlights of DJ's career, one each from Test cricket and IPL

    10:05 - DJ shares his fondest on-field memories, including his maiden Test century

    11:56 - We move into the technical side of the game, starting with DJ's batting

    19:30 - DJ then talks about his bowling, focusing on his brilliant slower ball

    25:37 - As one of the fittest players in the world, DJ shares his training regime and the exercises he does NOT do

    36:07 - DJ was always excellent in the clutch moments and here he shares his mental skills

    45:23 - We then move on to the media and how DJ interacts with social media

    57:00 - DJ shares his experiences about finance and investment and the importance of having people to trust

    1:08:03 - Here DJ discusses his passion for music and how he has followed his dreams despite being told otherwise

    1:25:41 - We finish with DJ sharing the inspiring people he has met and how they have impacted his life

     

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  • It is my absolute pleasure to have an extended chat to my old adversary and now valued teammate Faf du Plessis over two episodes of Lessons Learnt with the Greats. Faf is one of South Africa's greatest batsmen and leaders and we dedicate Part 1 talking about batting, fielding and leadership, and I can honestly say this is one of the most enlightening interviews I have done to date. The way Faf explains his batting technique will be loved by casual fans and true cricket tragics (like me!) and his insight into captaincy is second to none. Part 2 is also available, covering the mental side of the game, the media and how Faf has managed his money. I hope you enjoy. 

    Episode Rundown

    02:00 - We start with me giving my honest first impression of Faf which could not have been more off the mark

    10:53 - I share my favourite moment of Faf's stellar career - his maiden Test Century in Adelaide

    18:36 - Faf then shares his career highlights 

    22:44 - We take a deep dive into the technical side of batting, of there are few better to talk to about than Faf

    45:25 - Faf talks about how he became a brilliant catcher and fielder

    59:02 - Faf shares his fitness regime and how it has changed over time

    1:10:02 - We finish Part 1 with Faf talking about the art of captaincy and how he's grown as a leader

     

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  • Part 2 of my fascinating chat with former South Africa captain and Chennai Super Kings superstar Faf du Plessis goes off field. We talk about the mental side of the game - a topic Faf and I could chat about for hours - before discussing how he worked with, not against, South Africa's media and how a chat between mates led to a boutique business. Part 1 is available now too and if you haven't already listened to it, I thoroughly recommend. 

    Episode Rundown

    00:41 - Part 2 starts with Faf talking about his mental toughness, a subject he and I are fascinated by and explore in great depth

    29:04 - Faf then talks about how he handled the media and how he consumes news - good and bad - while he is still playing

    45:12 - We talk business, finance and investment and why it is crucial to get the right advice

    1:00:00 - Faf discusses how his faith helps in trying moments

    1:04:40 - We finish this extraordinary chat by talking about books and I give Faf a few to add to his list

     

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  • Kevin Pietersen is the kind of batsman every player wants to emulate. Confident, aggressive, audacious, skillful - KP had it all. It's my pleasure to be able to pick his brain on this episode of Lessons Learnt with the Greats to discover how he forged one of the finest cricket careers in history. Not only do we discuss the physical and mental side of the game, KP and I talk about how he handles the media, his finances and his brilliant conservation work.

    Rundown

    04:13 - We start by discussing KP's life-changing maiden Test century in 2005

    08:22 - KP then talks about the many highlights in his career, both personally and in a team

    11:11 - KP explains the keys to his batting and how he mastered spin bowling

    19:44 - As one of the fittest players of his day, KP talks about his training regime and what is working for him now

    24:13 - KP discusses the mental side of the game

    33:51 - He is one of the world's sharpest commentators and here KP talks us through his changing interactions with the media over his life

    42:32 - KP reveals how he made the most of his wealth and the important lessons he's learnt

    49:31 - KP talks about his wonderful conservation work saving rhinos and his business SORAI which is helping save rhinos in Africa and India

    1:00:13 - The simple mantra KP lives by

    1:02:17 - The inspiring people KP has met

     

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  • Ricky Ponting is one of cricket's greatest captains, batsmen and fielders and I am delighted and privileged to have him on Lessons Learnt with the Greats. Punter took me under his wing from the day that I met him as a nineteen year old playing with him for Tasmania. He went on to play a massive part in the success I had on the field, but I wish I had asked him the questions I put to him on this episode when we were playing together - it would have made the world of difference. Fortunately, you can hear the great man talk about his batting methods, mental techniques, fielding tips, leadership learnings and who inspired him to become Australia's best batsman since Bradman.

    Episode Rundown

    03:00 - We start by talking about my favourite highlights of Ricky's career, including a career-defining hundred in the 4th Ashes Test of 2001

    13:08 - Ricky then talks about his career highlight, not a personal innings but a team moment he considers his most cherished

    16:15 - Ricky talks batting techniques and what he did to stay focused

    37:04 - Ricky explains the tricks and tactics that he used to be one of the world's deadliest fielders

    48:09 - We talk about leadership and how Ricky would have done things differently in the 2005 Ashes

    53:33 - Ricky discusses his role in the media and if he would have changed his attitude to the media during his playing days

    58:58 - The financial side of life and Ricky's new business venture

    1:10:09 - Ricky talks about the work ethic his father instilled in him

    1:13:17 - Ricky talks about the most inspiring person he has met - his dad

    1:14:53 - We finish with how Ricky soaked up information as a small kid in Tasmania to become one of the world's best cricketers

     

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  • It is an absolute honour to speak to Lisa Sthalekar on this week's episode of Lessons Learnt with the Greats, one of the game's greatest players. Lisa is four-time World Cup winner, Hall of Famer and perhaps the best T20 allrounder ever in the women's game. On this episode we discuss how she perfected her craft, was taught mental resilience from an early age and how she carried her professionalism from the field and into the commentary box, so much so that Lisa grills me throughout! 

    Episode rundown

    02:15 - Lisa lists some her career highlights

    05:05 - We move into the technical side of the game, first on Lisa's batting and then the mental skills she utilised

    13:14 - Lisa shares how she became an effective off-spinner

    20:27 - What Lisa would have done differently from a fitness perspective 

    32:06 - How Lisa got the best out of herself on the field

    37:06 - Lisa talks about the media and her transition from the field to the commentary box

    46:02 - How Lisa has managed her finances

    49:15 - The life mantras Lisa lives by

    54:56 - The most inspiring person Lisa has met

    57:08 - Lisa's favourite books

     

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  • Today's guest on Lessons Learnt from the Greats is a magnificent person who has gone from a fierce rival to close friend, Harbhajan Singh. 'Bhaji' as he's known, tormented batting lineups around the world but saved his best for the Aussies. His efforts in the 2001 Test series against Australia is truly unbelievable, kickstarting one of the most successful cricket careers of all time. While he might have rubbed a few people the wrong way, I can tell you Bhaji is one of the kindest, nicest people I have met and it's a privilege to have him on my show. 

    Episode rundown

    04:14 - We start by talking about the epic 2001 Test series against Austraia and how that changed his life

    09:57 - Bhaji talks about his career highlights, including World Cup wins in 2007 and 2011

    14:44 - Bhaji is a master off-spinner and here he talks about his technique and bowling process

    20:10 - We speak about the mental side of the game and how the mind is more powerful than skills

    35:16 - How Bhaji kept his body in check having bowled thousands of deliveries 

    39:05 - Bhaji explains how he would have treated the media differently if he had his time again

    44:42 - We speak about investment, getting the right advice and Bhaji's brilliant business which I absolutely love

    54:12 - The saying and mantras Bhaji lives by, including one from Virat Kohli

    58:24 - Bhaji finishes by talking about the most inspiring person he has met

     

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  • I am truly honoured to welcome one of the game's greatest players of all time and the batter every aspiring cricketer wants to be - AB de Villiers. AB's record on the field goes without saying - as one of the most dominant batters of his generation, AB destroyed bowling attacks in every corner of the globe and produced a long list of jaw-dropping innings I still can't believe happened. While we were fierce rivals on the field, I'm so lucky to be able to chat to AB now as a friend, and discuss the art of batting, dealing with pressure and our entrepreneurial passions. This is one of my favourite episodes of Lessons Learnt with the Greats and I hope you enjoy it.

    Episode rundown

    02:42 We start by chatting about some of my favourite highlights of AB's career but go into the mental side of the game, how he prepared for games and his secret for success that he stole from the Aussies

    17:40 - AB names his career highlights 

    19:30 - Here we go into the technical side of batting

    31:20 - AB is a great player of spin, and here he talks about playing the turning ball and the batting drills he has used

    43:22 - We discuss what AB does to keep fit

    47:02 - AB talks about what he would have done differently in terms of the media during his career

    57:03 - We discuss the financial side of life and AB's investments

    1:07:35 - The mantras AB uses in life

    1:09:43 - The people who have inspired AB

    1:11:39 - We finish with the books that AB has loved

     

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