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21 Questions: Graham Onions

by Wisden Staff

Gateshead’s finest Graham Onions answers 21 random questions.

Describe yourself in one word.

What words or phrases do you most overuse?
To my son, ‘Oliver, can you put your shoes on please’ or ‘Stop it, Oliver’

What is your most marked characteristic?
My grey beard

If you could edit your past, what would you change?
I wouldn’t change anything but I wish I’d have worked harder in previous winters to get qualifications

What is your idea of happiness?
Sun, family, friends and beer… watching cricket

What’s your ideal sandwich?
Bacon knacker

Which living person do you most admire and why?
Dad – my hero

What piece of advice would you give to your 16-year-old self?
Don’t take cricket too seriously! It’s the best job in the world

What has been your biggest disappointment?
Not playing more Test matches or getting injured

If you were an animal, what would you be?
A monkey

What is the most beautiful thing you have ever seen?
Michelle Keegan

What becomes of the broken hearted?
Who had love that’s now departed, I know I’ve got to find, some kind of peace of mind

What’s wrong with the world?
No stability

Which three people would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Will Ferrell, Nelly Furtado, Snoop Dogg

Whose windows would you most like to smash?
Marlon Samuels’

Who would you like to play you in a film of your life?
Ryan Reynolds

What song would you have playing when walking out to bat?
ATB – Till I Come

If you could be one other cricketer for a day, who would you be?
Chris Gayle

What was the first record you bought?
Kriss Kross – Jump

Who is your favourite fictional hero?
John Snow

What’s your ultimate pet hate?

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