Duncan fletcher: If I had to start again..

... I would have developed a better working relationship with the media. I've always felt it was right to keep things close - but the perception of me is so far removed from the reality. People see me as this dour character, but my teams will tell you that there's always been a fun element too.

Rugby is a real passion for me - it's a unique and fascinating sport, probably the greatest spectator game of all. So if I hadn't ended up coaching cricket, I'd love to have gone down the same route in rugby.

But when I was growing up in Rhodesia, a career in sport never entered my mind. You just went out to work, and played sport afterwards. I worked in the computer industry throughout my playing days - even when I was captaining my country at the World Cup.

In 1985 I took a big decision: to move with my family to Cape Town. But you couldn't take money out of Zimbabwe, so although I found an IT job, I needed to earn some extra cash. I started coaching the university team, and this led to a full-time job offer from Western Province in 1993. That's when I finally gave up my IT career.

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