Mark Butcher on changing his technique, mindset and career after cricket

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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