About

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.

 

I could not have enjoyed the
second chapter of my life on
Test Match Special without
Emma’s support. Being married
to the constantly travelling
BBC cricket correspondent
cannot be easy; read her
Tours of Duty, but only
semi seriously!

 

 

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This is usually the page where I post latest news of upcoming theatre events etc. but there is only one item of significance in my life now, and that is Emma’s breast cancer. As is the way with these things, her diagnosis came completely out of the blue and with devastating effect. Of course she is far from alone: up to 60,000 women are diagnosed with the disease every year. But when it hits your own little world, it turns it upside down.

My work is on semi-hold, and the BBC has been brilliant in allowing me to commentate as and when I am able to, just as Emma is now on leave to give this everything. She is a remarkable woman, known on social media by many of you who will also be familiar with the blogs she writes while abroad touring with me. It doesn’t surprise me at all that she wants to write about this very different experience – not every day or even every week: just when she feels like it. I hope that it proves cathartic for her and I pray that she will come through this.

 

September 4th 2017

September; how did that happen ? Now I’m officially a lady of leisure for a few months, I’m sitting in the sunshine reflecting what an ” interesting” week it’s been.

Last week I passed the prison warden’s (aka Jonathan/Latest) fitness test and was deemed well enough to drive to Leeds for the celebrity cricket match marking 60 years of Test Match Special. Clearly, he is too ancient to actually play in it, so he and Geoffrey Boycott coached the teams led by Tuffers and Vaughan. It was a great afternoon in the sunshine, and I was once again so moved by all those people who came to talk to me and offer encouragement. It really helps keep my spirits high.

On Monday, a very close friend, who also has this inconvenient wretched disease, had a silver wedding party. Imagine my horror when, washing my hair for said event, it sort of melted into a huge matt and no amount of combing would sort it out. Lovely Jade gave me an elfin chop, but there was no disguising it and, with half an hour to go, it was “thank God for Monika” all ready and waiting in the spare room. I’m so glad I had her – I suspect I might have retired under the duvet all night weeping if I hadn’t, but on she went, on went the pink dress and matching lipstick, and Cinders went off to the party to join my two friends also at various stages of fighting this illness.

By Tuesday, I was sporting a comb over. Guys, it’s seriously NOT a good look and it doesn’t fool anyone. So it was off to the wonderful Neil, with whom I made a plan immediately after my diagnosis. I’d provide the champagne and he’d do the clipping. And you know, it really wasn’t as traumatic as I thought. Or was that just the pink fizz?

From pink fizz to pink poison number 2 on Wednesday and my new best friend Mr Keemo Therapee. Apart from expelling my hair (and hopefully that blinking tumour) I seem to be tolerating him pretty well with limited side effects so far. Lucky me. Obviously Latest told my specialist that it was down to his nursing, the daily green sludge and culinary delights/disasters. I just smiled indulgently.

So, back to the beginning of September (definitely NOT end of summer/ beginning of autumn in my book) Just under two months ago I walked into my super GP practice (we one of the lucky ones with village doctors who work early mornings, evenings and Saturdays) My mammogram in February this year was clear but I had noticed a slight “dimple” on my right breast. I couldn’t feel a lump and neither could my doctor, but (and this is the vital bit) she said because I knew it was a CHANGE, she’d send me off to the hospital “just to check it out and be sure”. Thank goodness she wasn’t dismissive or sent me away to keep an eye on it. So lucky in many ways.

Ten years ago, a local Leicestershire rider Claire Lomas, was paralysed in an accident. She achieved international fame when she completed the 2012 London marathon in 17 days wearing a bionic suit. One of her sayings is: “Smile and laugh. You often start to feel how you behave”. Thanks Claire. It is great advice.

 

August 17th 2017

What I have quickly come to realise about this inconvenient cancer is that it’s not simply my diagnosis. It really hits around you. Family, friends and complete strangers have been overwhelmingly kind and encouraging and have got us through this first shocking month.

From the moment those words “breast cancer” were uttered in hospital, and Latest Husband fought desperately hard not to be sick and collapse on the floor, it’s been his cancer as much as mine. He’s been to all my appointments, sat waiting in corridors while I’ve been scanned, examined and operated on. He’s squeezed the blood out of my hand as we waited to hear whether it had spread or not and most recently whiled away the hours while the pink poison of chemo was pumped into my veins.

In these situations you have to find humour in the small things; I’m currently thinking it’s highly amusing that Jonathan hates needles. And trust me, at the moment there are a lot of needles going on in my life! So every time someone appears with a sharp implement, he shuffles like an embarrassed schoolboy and makes a swift exit muttering about “fresh air.”

It may also surprise you to know that he’s been a totally indulged and spoilt husband for the past 21 years; rarely being pressed into any form of domestic service – particularly of the kitchen variety. However, since my first chemo last week, it’s been a steep learning curve for us both, and he’s tackled the cooking with some trepidation and a huge dollop of gusto!

But showing his typically competitive streak, not for him the simple basics, he’s leapt in with risotto, chicken with roasted Mediterranean vegetables and fennel, and beef stir fry. I’ve refrained from commenting on the fact that he’s used every single kitchen utensil in the house. Or that the washing up has to be surreptitiously redone as it’s not quite up to my standards of cleanliness. And that he went to the electrical department looking for a “bulb of fennel.” I’m actually very grateful to be able to just collapse on the sofa on a diet of afternoon television (Come Dine With Me/Escape to the Country etc etc) and then just eat what is presented. He’s also researched all sorts of foods that are good for me, and our fridge looks like an allotment: full of every green thing known to man. Latest has force-fed me buckets full of green stuff from a blender every morning. There’s also a ‘guess the mystery ingredient’ competition element. This morning it was a tomato. Yesterday it was a chilli beetroot: you get my drift!

He’s also acted as a prison warden, allowing me limited amounts of fresh air and leg stretching in the morning, then frog arching me back to bed for an afternoon sleep when he deems I’ve had enough. He’s run errands, acted as chauffeur, discovered supermarkets (yes, he really was sheltered!) intercepted phone calls and dealt with necessary admin.

But now it really is time for him to go back to work before we start falling out. I’ve been lucky; this first cycle seems to have gone very smoothly. I was fit and healthy when I started it and I just didn’t know how I would be affected. Yes, I’ve been tired and slept a lot. And when I haven’t slept, I’ve rested. I haven’t been sick at all, and taken all my anti sickness drugs religiously, so they seem to have worked their magic. AND I haven’t lost my hair yet, so no need to employ Monika (my trusty wig who’s waiting for me in our spare room). So, all things being equal, he will be back on the radio for the first West Indies test match from Birmingham. It’s a day/night test, so I’m hoping he’ll be able to bring me breakfast in bed before he goes (fat chance) but it seems rather timely that this is the first Test match to be played with a pink ball in this country. And given pink is the colour of the breast cancer charity, I’m hoping it’s a good omen for the weeks ahead.

 

August 9th 2017

Last Saturday I went shopping. I was supposed to be topping up my admittedly already rather extensive stock of bikinis. I had a couple of weekends in Portugal planned to escape a) the English ‘summer’ and b) the cricket!! I had also just booked to fly to Australia this winter to join Latest (husband) who will be covering the Ashes for the BBC. Instead, I found myself shopping for wigs.

Not the fancy dress variety you understand. No, just 18 days earlier I had been diagnosed with breast cancer. The description of a roller coaster doesn’t really do it justice. From my fantastic GP to the phenomenal professionalism of Leicester Glenfield Hospital’s breast unit, our feet have hardly touched the ground. And there is no ” softly softly” approach with this lot – after two hours of investigations they told us kindly but without mincing their words.

“You have a breast cancer. Do you understand”?

Well yes I do but I’m a bit too busy for this; the cricket season is in full swing and Jonathan is all over the country…I also have a full on job for the BBC. There’s the small matter of those holidays I was looking forward to; the equestrian competition season is at its height and number 1 son is playing hockey on the other side of the world. Sorry, it’s rather inconvenient!

The next two weeks became an intricate pattern of hospital appointments, work and deceipt as we struggled to make sense of what was going to happen. Had it spread? No (bizarrely it felt like we had won the lottery and we went out to celebrate!!). What treatment would I need? Turns out to be 24 weeks of chemotherapy, then surgery then radiotherapy. How on earth would we break the news to my two children who lost their father some years ago to Motor Neurone Disease?

So I wrote a list. I’m a great list maker – it’s the only way anything gets done at Agnew Towers. Pretty much top of that list was ‘ sort wig’. And that inevitably meant a shopping trip!! Hurrah, there was something to look forward to. Hairdressing friends told me the sort of thing I needed to look for; lace fronts, comfort caps; hand or machine weave, natural or synthetic hair. I became quite an expert overnight! And armed with a girlfriend and a credit card I found myself on Saturday afternoon in the very capable hands of Martin.

Now I’m a girl who can spend. A lot actually. And quite a lot on her hair with cuts and highlights and blow dries. So when Martin reasoned with me that the amount I spent on a wig would soon be recouped by NOT going the to the hairdressers, I knew we were going to get along famously. Don’t get me wrong….I can’t even bear to think about losing my blonde ( ish) tresses. I might sound shallow but I have heard women say over and over again that it’s been the worst point in their cancer treatment. I will be exactly the same. My gorgeous friend Neil has already promised to come armed with champagne and his clippers and finish the job off once my hair starts going. He says he will do Jonathan too ( he only has a few strands anyway!)

So I literally waltzed out of the shop wearing Monika (pictured). She’s named after one of my brilliant team of specialists who, along with my pink poison (aka my chemo) are going to save my life. There’s going to be a fair saving on my hairdressing bills too…..


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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

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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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Theatre

 

For three really special evenings only, or at least until I persuade him to do some more, this will be a brilliant show for cricket fans. Bumble has done it all in cricket, from playing for Lancashire and England to umpiring. He was coach of England during some turbulent times before becoming the world class commentator whose banter we enjoy today.

Despite Bumble being my first, first class wicket in 1978, we are firm friends and share a healthy sense of humour. So come prepared for some great entertainment.

 

October 2017

 

2nd: City Hall, Newcastle Book tickets 

3rd: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester Book tickets

22nd: SymphonyHall, Birmingham, Book tickets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

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October 2017
4th: Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Book tickets

 

January 2018

12th: Capitol Theatre, Horsham. Book tickets

 

February

8th: Milton Keynes.

15th: Princess Theatre, Torquay.

 

March

6th: Cliffs Pavilion, Southend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October

17th Town Hall, Cheltenham. Book tickets

 

January
17th: Victoria Theatre, Halifax.

22nd: Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

24nd: Pavilion Theatre, Bournmouth

26th: New Wimbledon Theatre

31st: Lyceum Theatre, Crewe

 

February

1st: New Theatre, Hull

4th: Theatre Royal, York

5th: New Victoria Theatre, Woking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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