A Load of BS on Sport: The Behavioural Science Podcast
A Load of BS on Sport: The Behavioural Science Podcast
Ian Botham & Mike Brearley talking cricket mind games
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Ian Botham & Mike Brearley talking cricket mind games

Two old friends reunite for an unique conversation

We are kicking off a new mini-series for BS on Sport today as we explore partnerships and what makes them great. So in the spirit of understanding what makes great performers tick, our Partners series is going to get to the heart of matters.

Today is a pretty damn good opener as yin and yang partnerships go. We have a huge treat as we are talking to 2 icons of British sport, certainly of the cricket world; Mike Brearley and Lord Botham of Ravensworth, otherwise known as Ian Botham.

The pair have never been interviewed like this together, so this is an unique listen.

In this episode

  • The captain-player relationship

  • Competitiveness, confidence, and calmness in high performance

  • Experiences of fame and pressures on cricket families

  • Contrasts with today’s modern sports psychology emphasis

  • Reflections on their careers vs. the modern era of T20 cricket & central contracts

  • Lasting camaraderie and mutual respect between players of their era

  • Transitioning away from cricket into new fields in later life

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Till next time,

Daniel and Liam

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A Load of BS on Sport: The Behavioural Science Podcast
A Load of BS on Sport: The Behavioural Science Podcast
A Load of BS on Sport: The Behavioural Science Podcast dives deep into the psychology of what makes elite performers tick; how they think about success and failure, how they find and maintain peak performance, how they manage fear and adversity, how they make decisions under pressure, how they deal with risk and uncertainty.