A bully waits until they are in the ascendancy to pounce on people.
A lot is made of the pink ball. But it is the same really. A good ball is a good ball, regardless of the colour. You might want to bowl a touch fuller with the pink ball when it is nipping around but generally a pink kookaburra behaves the same as a red kookaburra.
I'll tell you something about Glenn McGrath - he was a much better bowler than me. This is not false modesty.
To get key players out in a Test win is what you remember years later.
Trent Bridge, 2013, is my favourite Test. An Ashes opener and England won a thriller by 14 runs. I managed to take ten wickets, which helps.
The time to think about personal achievement is at the end of your career.
You so often see bowlers pick out a lovely new ball from the bag at nets and it looks great when it swings in the air and nips off the seam with batsmen playing and missing. But you have to simulate match situations. What about when the ball is 60 overs old, the sun is blazing down, the pitch is flat and there's not a hint of movement?
I am quite stingy when it comes to giving runs away.
Test cricket tests your ability as a cricketer but also bring out your true character.
I remember my first meeting with Alastair Cook clearly. The entire Lancashire side, some of them pretty mild-mannered, really laid into him. He'd just scored a double-hundred for Essex against Australia in a warm-up match before the 2005 Ashes. For some reason, we all assumed he must be really arrogant.
I've played in Test matches before after injury without first playing a county game or warm-up of some sort.