I began travel writing while following the England cricket team on tour. Sitting in Newlands, watching South Africa bludgeon England's bowlers all over Cape Town (one huge Graeme Smith six dented Table Mountain) I decided that if I couldn't open the batting with Straussy then I'd write about some of the stunning places around the world where they play. My first articles were about South Africa, Australia and the Caribbean. I've since written about lots of countries that don't play cricket - but live in hope that a Taiwan XI turns up at Lord's one day to play a Test match. They'd give us a game.