Lessons Learnt with the Greats


Stuart MacGill (Part 1) on spinning big, staying motivated and sledging fast bowlers

Season 1, Ep. 33

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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Merv Hughes on being the big kid, making sacrifices and bowling bouncers

Season 1, Ep. 42
During the late 1980s and '90s there was no fast bowler mimicked more in the backyard than today's guest on Lessons Learnt with the Greats, Merv Hughes. Merv was part of the trailblazing group under Allan Border that led Australia out of the doldrums to the top of the world. His aggression, attitude and serious skill led Merv to take 212 Test wickets for his country along with hundreds more for his beloved Victoria. In this episode, Merv talks about his beginnings, the advice that has stuck with him to this day and how he became one of Australia's most successful and revered fast bowlers. I hope you enjoyit.Episode rundown:01:22 - Merv had a brilliant international career and we start by chatting about a couple of his highlights, from taking on the mighty Windies to the historic '89 Ashes series in England07:25 - We then dig into the technical side of fast bowling and what worked for Merv10:02 - Next Merv talks about the mental side of the game and how he developed his mental skills14:37 - We move back to the technical side to discuss what Merv focused on during play19:29 - Merv played a lot of high-level cricket and to do that he had to stay as fit as possible. While he admits he carried a bit of extra weight, Merv explains how he became the hardest trainer in any team he represented25:02 - Here Merv talks about the best version of himself and goes on to talk about how aspiring players are being over-coached at a young age39:50 - Merv has been on both sides of the media and here he shares his experiences of how times have changed47:09 - We next move off the field to how Merv has invested and handled his finances58:53 - Merv shares the mantras he lives by1:04:32 - We finish with the inspiring people Merv has met and the books that have had an impact on him

Michael Vaughan on playing the name, managing the man and analysing the game

Season 1, Ep. 41
Michael Vaughan is today's guest on Lessons Learnt with the Greats, a former England captain, No.1 Test batter in the world and one of the sharpest cricket minds in the game. Vaughany was a master technician with the bat, carving up Australia in the 2002-03 Ashes series and a few years later was the inspirational leader of England's epic 2005 Ashes victory. In this episode, Vaughany shares his brilliant insight into leadership, batting and his endeavours off the field. It's not to be missed for any aspiringcaptain or batter.Episode Rundown01:08 - We start by discussing India's dramatic series win over Australia, which might have surpassed the 2005 Ashes on the list of great Test match series04:30 - We then move into Vaughany's career highlights, from the 2002-03 Ashes to the epic in 2005 before Michael delves into leadership. I found how Vaughany managed his players and his philosophies on leadership, not to mention some colourful advice from his father, absolutely fascinating28:16 - Vaughany then talks batting and how he discovered his trigger movement and a game he played with himself to stay focused42:06 - Vaughany talks about how he managed his body during his career and the one thing he wishes he did more45:15 - Here we discuss the mental side of the game and how Vaughany developed his skills51:46 - Vaughany has a unique perspective on the media having been on both sides of the microphone and here he shares his experiences58:35 - We talk about the financial side of life and how a night on the drink with a few of his mates led to Vaughny starting a new business1:07:47 - The mantras Vaughany lives by1:12:52 - We finish with the inspirational people Vaughany has met and the books he would recommend