Steve Harmison has hilariously recalled the time Darren Gough and Nasser Hussain were at loggerheads in the dressing room during England’s tour 2002/03 tour of Australia.
It was always going to be a tall order for England to win the Ashes Down Under with their rivals arguably the greatest team to ever play the game.
But the problems started long before the first Test with the two players fighting during their first tour match.
It all started when England’s captain at the time Hussain (or ‘Captain Grumpy’ as Harmy knows him) was dismissed from the crease.
Goughie decided to make light of the fact Hussain was forced out by a player playing at a lower level than him. Hussain didn’t like it one bit though.
“We had about two or three injured players, it was my first overseas trip as an England player,” Harmy recalled.
“Darren Gough is my hero and Nasser Hussain is giving me my England cap and we’re playing some farmers in Perth and Nasser gets out.
“Goughie’s not fit, never going to be fit for the trip, he’s holding court in the corner of the room laughing and carrying on.
“Nass comes in after getting out off some farmer to which Nass has taken offence to. So Nass has thrown his bat at Goughie and said ‘you get fit… you should do this’, the bat, the gloves, the whole lot.
“There were a whole lot more expletives in it to which Goughie throws his boots at Nasser and says ‘here you are, you should get some runs’ and all that.
“And I’m sitting there thinking ‘we are getting beaten by a bunch of farmers and we’ve got to face the greatest team of all time in three weeks time and my hero Darren Gough and captain Nasser Hussain are now fighting with each other like a Punch and Judy, not sure we’re going to win this Ashes!’”
Harmy proved to be right as England went on to lose the series 4-1 to Australia.