Mike Gatting reflects on his time as England captain, which included the 1986/87 Ashes win in Australia, and an infamous spat with umpire Shakoor Rana on a tour of Pakistan a year later.
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On the latest instalment of our Captain’s Log podcast series, Gatting sits down with Sky Sports’ Charles Colvile, to discuss his time in charge, his guilt at taking the job off the “hard-done-by” David Gower, how he got the best out of Sir Ian Botham and his politically-charged ousting at the end of his tenure.
Gatting recalls how he was offered the captaincy job when in the physio room at The Oval immediately after a Test defeat to India in 1986. He didn’t get off to the greatest of starts but, later that winter, Gatting led an England side that, according to the press, “can’t bat, can’t bowl and can’t field” to a famous 2-1 triumph.