This is my 41st season in the
professional game and my
26th as BBC cricket correspondent.
It has been my life from the age of 16.
I can be a bit of an old
traditionalist, but there’s
nothing wrong with that
as long as we also accept
that change is inevitable.
It just needs to be for the better.


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Alastair Cook (CBE) and Stuart Broad (MBE) had both been building me up to my investiture with glowing reports of what a special day it is. My date was May 12th, and had been in the calendar for a couple of months. Morning suit sorted (Cook was firm on this while Broad was a lounge suit man) and Emma’s dress finally sourced (it took rather longer to sort that than mine, naturally) we stayed the night before in London because we had to be at Buckingham Palace gates at 10 0’clock sharp.

There’s not much that makes me feel nervous these days, but I must admit that I was ticking! When we arrived, I was separated from my guests who were taken straight to the Ballroom while I was shown to a room upstairs. I was with the OBEs and MBEs – the Ks, Cs and the rest were elsewhere, and immediately the Lord Chamberlain, a great cricket lover, introduced himself. He told me that HRH Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, was doing the honours this morning, prompting me to tell a story of the time I commentated on a cricket match involving William and Harry, and that William had dropped a sitter of a catch at mid on off Harry’s bowling! Harry was not best pleased, I recall. “Excellent”, replied the Lord Chamberlain. “I’ll go and remind him!”

It was a long wait, during which I met some remarkable people. One lady had set up ‘Prison radio’, which enables prisoners to present radio programmes broadcast into cells up and down the country. She did reveal that they are all recorded in advance! Finally our turn came to be shown along a corridor and to the entrance of the Ballroom. I asked one of the organisers how on earth Prince William is briefed on each recipient, because he spoke to each for at least 45 seconds. Turns out he is sent a paragraph of information on everybody a few days before, and the clever bit is the barely discernible one-line prompt he receives from an orderly standing behind him as each recipient walks up. It is very slick indeed.

Finally my turn came. “Hello Aggers”, William said as I approached. “I gather you’ve been telling everyone up here about my cricketing talents!” The Lord Chamberlain was sniggering behind him. I asked the Prince if he had got any better, and admitted he had not. From there a chat about commentating on his wedding, which still remains one of my career highlights, and we ended with him joking that he should come and take some cricket lessons from the commentary box. All good fun and flew by.

After the photos outside Buckingham Palace, it was to Lord’s where a group of friends and colleagues had gathered for lunch in the MCC Pavilion Committee Dining Room. It is the perfect setting for such a celebration.

I was careful to invite those who had taken such a chance on me early in my journalistic career. John Rawling, who first suggested I spend a winter between cricket seasons at BBC Radio Leicester and Mike Crouch, the sports editor at the Today newspaper, who sent me off to report on just about every sport imaginable from surfing to Australian Rules Football.

Sir Michael Parkinson is another who has taken the time over the years to help me, specifically in his case with interviewing techniques so I was delighted he was able to come to celebrate on the ground where it all began for me.

In 1971, my father took me to Lord’s to watch the Gillette Cup Final between Lancashire and Kent. I was 11 and had never been to a cricket match before. Sitting excitedly in the old Grandstand, I watched a fair-haired bowler racing in from the Nursery End hurling the ball down impossibly fast. “That’s who I want to be”‘ I whispered to Dad. I never was as good as Peter Lever, and I’ve got a lot to thank him for.





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With Geoffrey and our Christmas lunch host, Jenny TobinMark Webber talks cricket and F1Sir Geoff loves taking his bow, alongside Stephen Fry at the end of our West End debut With the skipper in trying circumstances: Sydney 2014Roy Hodgson seems to be getting hot under the collarSurely one of the least likely TMS visitors: Alice CooperEd Milliband recovers from meeting his childhood hero That's a SEVEN from Len GoodmanYikes! Who upset Heston? But he gave great advice on cooking perfect roastiesLily's back - taken on her second visitMy lovely wife on New Year's Eve 2013Funny man - David MitchellEric Clapton told some great stories about Ian BothamThe indomitable DJ Annie NightingaleKen Clarke wondering where he's put the key to his red boxMatch referee Jeff Crowe's cousinGary Neville loves his cricketMr Carson tells us about running Hampstead CCInterviewing the Prime Minister about the 2011riotsWarney!With Charlotte Edwards, the day before the Women's T20 final in Colombo 2012Gareth Edwards talks growing up in WalesThe wonderful Sir Tom Courtenay pops into the old box at Headingley...The unmistakeable Michael Palin reveals that Keith Miller was a Monty Python fanIan Lavender certainly was not a 'stupid boy' when he took a View from the Boundary at EdgbastonVaughan displays a dreadful technique as he rings the Lord's bell...followed by my good friend Simon Williams Viv at 60 - with his old mate BeefyYes, John McCririck looks even madder in the flesh. Here he is in the Brisbane heatHarry Potter and Draco Malfoy seem to be getting on OK at the OvalMiles Jupp once conned his way onto a tour of India posing as a reporter from BBC Scotland! And he even wrote a book about it: Fibber in the HeatPassing on some gentle advice about quantitative easingA real radio man - Ken BruceThe wonderful Tony Cozier, at home in Barbados


A classic View: Hugh Cornwell – lead singer of the Stranglers

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Manchester United and England’s Gary Neville reflects brilliantly on the impact cricket has made on his life:

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Strictly Come Dancing judge, Len Goodman: a great story-teller

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The legendary broadcaster/DJ Annie Nightingale. What a character!

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Downton Abbey’s Mr Carson, and Hampstead CC Chairman, Jim Carter

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Daniel Radcliffe, aka Harry Potter, on his 18th birthday

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Days after the 2011 riots I interview the Prime Minister David Cameron at the Oval

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Leader of the Labour party, Ed Miliband meets his childhood hero

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One of my favourites – chatting to Elton John on his piano stool

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Eric Clapton brightens up a rainy morning at Lord’s with his stories about Ian Botham

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Rugby legend Gareth Edwards is my entertaining guest at Cardiff

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England are moments away from winning the Ashes in 2005, and Hugh Grant pops in for tea

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Great fun with Aussie comedian Adam Hills

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Lesley Garrett is quickly into full flow at Lord’s

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The interview everyone still talks about: pop star Lily Allen

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Two years later, Lily returns for tea with a husband, a cake and a bump

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Mark Webber takes us into the cockpit of his F1 racing car

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A perfect guest for lunch at Cardiff – Max Boyce

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Lunch with the ageless Nicholas Parsons

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A lovely session with Richie Benaud as he bows out of British TV

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Tea with England football coach Roy Hodgson

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The match referee’s cousin pays a visit to Lord’s: Russell Crowe

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John (Boycie) Challis takes an extended View from the Boundary at Edgbaston

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My favourite piece of commentary. Kerry O’ Keeffe and I watch Steve Waugh’s 100 in Sydney 2003

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Keane’s Tom Chaplin sings a beautiful solo at Old Trafford

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Books by Aggersa-modern-anthology


Cricket: A Modern Anthology

In this wide-ranging and beautifully-produced anthology, I have chosen a wide variety of writings on the sport that has consumed my life, from the 1932/33 Ashes (Bodyline) series right up to the present day. In a series of carefully considered, thematically organised reflections, I examine the importance of their contribution to our understanding and appreciation of cricket. With input from several eminent cricketing historians, including the librarian at Lord’s, the book contains a fascinating range of material, from renowned classics to books that have hardly seen the light of day in the United Kingdom (e.g. The Hanse Cronje Story by Garth King); from overseas fiction to modern day autobiographies (Marcus Trescothick, Simon Hughes, Mike Brearley etc.) that have attained classic status. With 75 seminal cricket images, original line drawings and a comprehensive index, this book is a must-have for any self-respecting cricket fan.

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thanksThanks, Johnners: An Affectionate Tribute to a Broadcasting Legend

Thanks Johnners is a warm tribute to my mentor Brian Johnston and his time at the helm of Test Match Special.

The on-air incident, in which my comment on Ian Botham’s attempt to avoid stepping on his stumps – “He just couldn’t quite get his leg over” provoking prolonged fits of giggles – most notably from Johnners – has been voted the greatest piece of sporting commentary ever. The friendship between myself and Brian became immortalised through that broadcasting classic, but there was a deeper bond between us, as this book reveals.

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aggers-ashesAggers’ Ashes

This is in effect my personal diary of my experiences in Australia in 2010/2011 – when England finally won the Ashes in Australia for the first time in 24 years. With additional contributions from the best BBC cricket bloggers and the resident TMS statistician, Aggers’ Ashes is the only companion you will need to relive those wonderful days when history was made Down Under.

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over-to-youOver to You, Aggers

The world of cricket has seen many ups and downs since my autobiography was first published back in 1997. This substantially updated edition of the book features my thoughts on the Cronje bribery scandal; the loss of the BBC televised coverage to Channel 4; England’s failures at the 1999 World Cup, in South Africa and against the Australians in 2001; and their successes against the West Indies and Pakistan. This book takes the reader on an odyssey around the cricketing world.

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8-days-a-week8 Days a Week: Diary of a Professional Cricketer

An honest but entertaining account of a county cricketer’s life on the road.

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