Steve Harmison was the world’s best fast bowler when he led England’s attack during the most thrilling Ashes victory of all, against Australia in 2005.
But he spent the peak of his career battling depression.
Now Harmison – whose autobiography Speed Demons is an affecting and moving story – will talk about his personal challenge in the heat of the Ashes arena, recalling the highs and lows of a cricketing life studded with plaudits and lasting pain when he visits the Grand Theatre, Clitheroe next Friday, April 20th.
Harmison said: “I went from being the number one bowler in the world, to bowling that ball at Brisbane, (when, in 2006, Harmison delivered the most embarrassing opening delivery of an Ashes series) to being in a clinic in the Priory.
“How much higher can you get and how much lower can you go?
“I don’t think you can.”
Harmison, who played 63 Tests for England, added: “Depression doesn’t care if you’re a millionaire, a successful doctor, a nurse, a postman, an airline pilot – and it doesn’t care if you’re the number one bowler in the world.”
Steve Harmison, My Cricketing Life, will be at the Grand Theatre, Clitheroe, on Friday, April 20th, from 7-30 p.m.
Tickets are priced £12, and are available from the box office, or at www.thegrandvenue.co.uk