The first thing that comes to mind is the prospect of a career change.

I have been to Australia twice in the past 10 years and I know what I would have liked to do in my previous career.

I love cricket, I love the game, I am a family man and I have loved my career in sport.

But in the second week of July, after watching the Ashes defeat India and thinking of my career, I was tempted to give it up.

I had already said that my only regret about this year’s Ashes was that I was not able to go, so what I was really thinking was that, at 32, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life.

After that I have to give a lot of credit to the fans who are still going strong and to the players who are showing incredible resilience.

But for me it is about being a team player and trying to take every opportunity that is offered me.

I will always look at this Ashes as the biggest opportunity of my life and it has been one of the best experiences of my cricketing career.