Scott Boswell stood at the start of his bowling run-up, immersed in his own very public hell. It was the final of the Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy in 2001 at Lord’s in London, which should have been the highlight of his cricket career. Instead, he found himself unable to do what up until then had felt like second nature.
“I became so anxious I froze. I couldn’t let go,” he recalls.
For Boswell (then 26), a fast bowler for English county cricket outfit Leicestershire, it felt like the over would “absolutely never end”. He couldn’t believe what was happening to him.