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.
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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