Gladstone’s name but not his domain for ex-pom fast bowler
EX-ENGLISH fast bowler Gladstone Small shares a name with a Central Queensland town he's never visited.
Small visited Central Queensland earlier in the week as part of the XXXX GOLD six-a-side Ashes beach cricket match on XXXX Island.
However, he didn't get the chance to venture an hour or so south to visit Gladstone with Ashes tour commitments starting later in the week, but knew of its existence.
"So I believe. I've seen it, but I've never been there," said Small, who took 55 wickets in 17 Tests for England.
"This is the farthest north I've been in Australia. I've been to Australia dozens of times. I've got family in Australia, my ex-wife is Australian and my kids have all got Australian passports."
Born on the tropical island of Barbados, before moving to England as a child, Small ruled out the notion that his parents drew any inspiration from the harbour town, with his name coming from a little closer to home.
"Sadly not, my parents had never been to Australia," he said. "They went from Barbados to England and then back to Barbados and that was as far as they went.
"My dad's name was Chelstone and my mum's name was Gladys so my name is a mixture of their two names.
"It could've been worse it could've been Cheldys."
He said he had visited the region with a touring side during the 1980s, but only had faint memories of it. "Beforehand I went to Bundaberg and that was the farthest north I'd ever been," Small said.
"That was in 1986 and we played a tour match against Qld Country XI, and they beat us as well.
"I think they poisoned us with rum - they didn't have to try too hard," he said with a laugh."