What draws you to music?
I’ve always enjoyed music. My family has been my biggest influence.
How do you reconcile the fierceness of a fast bowler with the creativity of an artist?
The two complement each other well. Music has always been a way for me to relax, but now, I’m taking it seriously with Mick and our band.
What gives you greater fulfilment?
I love both. When I’m playing cricket, bowling fast is the only thing on my mind. When I’m playing music, I always have a smile on my face.
What’s it that brings you to India so often?
The people, food, culture, friendliness. I’m welcomed with open arms. It’s a great feeling.
Does your cricketing popularity in India make your work as a musician easier?
Indeed, because we have an existing fan base. They have come out and enjoyed our gigs, which has been great to see.
How would you describe your style of music? Any role models?
Melodic rock. Lots of role models—from Crowded House to Elvis Presley. But we have our own sound, which makes our music unique.
Any collaboration or Bollywood projects?
Nothing in the pipeline as of now.
Is cricket still on?
Cricket is most definitely on. I’ve been training hard and will be back playing four days after getting home for The Blues. I’m also looking forward to being selected for the 2011 Australian World Cup team and the ipl.
Is your music also a message to cricketers to think of life beyond the field?
I can only speak for myself and really see music as one avenue I will continue to pursue once my cricket career is over. However, at the moment, cricket is still no 1.
What about your charity work in India?
More news about an exciting project will be revealed in the coming months.