Per­fect part­ners – like me & Goughie

The Cricket Paper - - FEATURE - By Richard Ed­wards

ANDY CADDICK is a man who knows a thing or two about bowl­ing part­ner­ships. At a time when a sin­gle vic­tory, let alone a se­ries tri­umph, was a cause for na­tional cel­e­bra­tion, Caddick and Dar­ren Gough played an in­stru­men­tal role in drag­ging the na­tional team up by their boot­laces.

Gough and Caddick were the most threat­en­ing and con­sis­tent pair of English open­ing bowlers since Sir Ian Botham and Bob Willis in the early 1980s andwere also a fore­run­ner to an ap­par­ent golden age of English quick bowl­ing, pre­ced­ing first Steve Harmi­son and Matthew Hog­gard and then Eng­land’s cur­rent pair, Stu­art Broad and Jimmy An­der­son.

Those two now sit one and two in the list of all­time Eng­land wicket-tak­ers and are chal­leng­ing some of the most suc­cess­ful strike part­ner­ships in the his­tory of the game.

An­der­son is now clos­ing in on 500 Test wick­ets, while Broad over­took Sir Ian’s tally of 383 scalps dur­ing Eng­land’s Edg­bas­ton romp against the West Indies.

So where does Caddick think they rank?

“Whether you’re a spin­ner or a fastie, you have to bowl in part­ner­ship – you have to build pres­sure for each other be­cause that cre­ates op­por­tu­ni­ties,” he said. “A bit of ri­valry helps too as well you’re con­stantly try­ing to out-do your bowl­ing part­ner and con­stantly try­ing to in­spire each other to achieve more and more.

“The An­der­sons and Broads work very well to­gether be­cause they both bring dif­fer­ent skills to this Eng­land bowl­ing at­tack. I think they’re up amongst the best in the world.

“If I’m be­ing hon­est, I would have to say that Goughie and I, if we had had the same op­por­tu­ni­ties in terms of con­sis­tency of se­lec­tion, then we would have been up there as well.

“In the late 90s, we were chang­ing cricket. The TCCB was chang­ing to the ECB and the whole struc­ture of English cricket was go­ing through a revo­lu­tion, with things like cen­tral con­tracts.

“We were re­ally cre­at­ing the plat­form for play­ers like Broad and An­der­son to come in and suc­ceed.”

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