What would you tell your future self? As team NB looks to what’s next, they reflect on their values, convictions and experiences through a letter to their future self, which reveals not only who they are, but also who they want to be.

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Joe Root


Letter to My Future Self

It’s going to hurt.
Early mornings, late nights.
24/7. 365.
Sacrifice upon sacrifice.
Because there are no weekends in sport.
No excuses.
Every day is a chance to move forward.
To overtake the enemy.
But the enemy isn’t India.
South Africa or The West Indies.
It’s you.
It’s the voice telling you to press the snooze button.
To be happy with 100 when you could’ve got more.
Be remembered for something greater than how many
followers you have.
Lead by example.
Run a little further.
Lift a little heavier.
Relish the pain.
And always remember…
The moment you think you’ve made it, you’re finished.


Have a Goal. Then Beat It.

You can train in batting, practice catching, brush up on fielding, but some things you’re just born with. Things like grit, determination and confidence. These are what make an athlete great and Joe Root brings them to the sport of cricket by the ton. His fire and passion have propelled his progress in the game and marked him as an essential part of England's cricketing history and future.

Root spent his childhood immersed in cricket. For him it wasn’t a hobby, but a way of life. One that consumed his family, his time and his mind. Witnessing the dedication of cricket stars like Michael Vaughan from such a young age created the spark. Playing alongside them lit the fire.

Being the next in line of prolific captains would shake even the strongest athlete, but when Joe Root took on that title at the age of 26 he ran with it - fast. It’s no surprise that he’s not only one of England's youngest captains, but also England's greatest batsman. As an athlete who prides himself on never settling, his strength of character and determination has made him the batsman and captain he is today.

If the last thirteen years are anything to go by Root is just getting started in carving his own legend status and he’s not short of spectators to keep him on his toes.

Callum Hawkins




Letter to my future self


It's a simple sport, really.

For all the talk of high altitude and low oxygen, when it comes down to it, all that matters is hard graft and brutal, bloody-minded consistency.

Keep it up Callum.

Go the distance.

17 miles a day.

120 miles a week.

6360 miles a year.

When it gets boring, and painful and tough.

When all you want to do is give up and take a day off, remember...

There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going.


Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

No one knows this better than Callum Hawkins.

There’s no doubting his natural ability - trained from a young age by his father, the twenty-five-year-old’s meteoric rise to become Great Britain’s dominant presence on the roads is nothing short of astonishing.

But you’d be wrong to think it came easy.

Callum understands the secret between being merely a good runner and being a great one: Just keep putting in the miles. 120 a week, to be exact.

However gifted Callum might be, it’s hard work that took him to Rio.

It's brutal, bloody-minded determination that won him the fastest half-marathon time of any European ever on US soil.

And it’s this unbreakable spirit that will only carry him further.

If Callum’s career is a marathon, then it looks like he’s only just warming up.

Heather Watson




Letter to my future self


Whether it’s the first point or matchpoint.

The first round or the final.

It’s still the game you fell in love with.

The game you wake up every morning to train for.

The game you can’t live without.

When it looked like you couldn’t go on, you fought, you battled.

Because I know you’re desperate to win.

To succeed.

So forget the opponent. The crowd. The expectation. The sponsors.

Forget it all.

It’s simple...

...play the ball not the occasion



Glory is an obsession, one that captivates your mind and rewires it to say ‘never stop’. For Heather Watson, this obsession started early. At only 7 years old she’d developed a passion for tennis and by the age of 12, she’d already changed her life to chase it, crossing thousands of miles of ocean to take a place at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida. There she pledged her teenage years to an intense and grueling training scheme. Playing on the same courts that Serena Williams and Andre Agassi called home, this prestigious academy has a habit of making stars and she’s no exception.

Now 24, she holds her own in the world's top female tennis rankings and boasts gold in the junior commonwealth games. She’s earnt 3 titles in the WTA tour, 5 titles in the ITA and won doubles at Wimbledon.

When you’ve crossed the world for a career, played under pressure, batted through sickness, trained all days and all hours to achieve what she’s achieved, you don’t stop now.



Greatness isn't Given

Letter to the Future of England Cricket

Dear 677,
Whoever you might be.
This is England.
The home of cricket.
Forget what you’ve done before.
None of it matters.
We’ve taken wickets. Scored runs. Held catches.
But you, you’re on the first step of a staircase to greatness.
So start climbing.
Do that and you’ll be one of us.
We’ll teach you. Protect you. Guide and welcome you.
But what we can’t do is carry you.
So hear this.
Out run us, out bowl us, out work us.
Take our place in the team.
Because if you do that, we’ll win it all.
One day internationals.
Twenty twenty.
Being the best in the country’s one thing.
Being the best in the world is another.
Because one thing's for sure…
…greatness isn’t given.


The Future of England Cricket

Only 676 people have ever played Test cricket for the England Men’s team. 676 in 140 years. Tom Armitage was No.1 back in 1877 and each player since has been given their own unique number, which sits proudly under the England crest on their shirt.

It takes years of dedication to reach the international stage. Very few make it, but you can be sure that those who do have earned it. England have some of the most talented squads in the world. The Test team won the historic Ashes series against Australia 3-2 in 2015. The T20 team reached the final of the World Cup in 2016. The England ODI team currently hold the record for the highest ever total of 444 and the England women were a part of the first Women's Test series in the summer of 1934–35. It’s safe to say, if you play for England, you’re one of the best cricketers in the world.

But it’s all about what they do next. The England teams are aiming for world-domination in all formats of the game. And every player knows that they must earn it. Because at the end of the day, greatness isn’t given.

We are at the beginning of a new generation of cricket. One that is steeped in history yet looks forward to an exciting and contemporary future. The current England team are part of a very special few. But the future them, the future of each team, will be those who have yet to play for England. The next generation.

And to them, and to number 677, we say good luck.


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