Iain O'Brien, this right-handed fast bowler, is the rising star of the New Zealand cricket team. Iain tells us about his diet and workout to maintain himself as an international cricket player and offers advice to aspiring cricketers.
GABRIELLE REILLY: What do you to keep in shape year around?
IAIN O'BRIEN: At the moment I'm playing all year around, so with the games, practices and gym work that we do as a part of the team, that keeps me in as good a shape as I can be in.
GABRIELLE REILLY: What does your normal diet look like?
IAIN O'BRIEN: Currently, pretty good. Ceral, youghurt, fruit toast and a coffee for breakfast most mornings. Sushi, normally, for lunch and then my evening meal will be anything from a salad to a steak, but not with fries. I've cut out most 'bad' fatty foods, not easy, but it has certaliny paid off. Snacks will include nuts (pstashio, cashews and macademia, favs!!) and things like pretzils, anything low in the bad fats really.
GABRIELLE REILLY: What do you do to help prevent injuries?
IAIN O'BRIEN: Preventing injuries is what the training and gym work is all about. Making sure I'm doing the right things there so that injuries don't happen on the park. Ice baths, eating well, rest and sleep also play a big part for me
GABRIELLE REILLY: What age did you start playing cricket?
IAIN O'BRIEN: Started playing when I was 6, but gave up to play Softball after a couple of years, I found cricket boring at that stage. Then took cricket back up at 13, but I was always going to the park and playing with mates inbetween times.
GABRIELLE REILLY: What advice could you give young boys who have a dream of playing cricket for their country?
IAIN O'BRIEN: My best piece of advice is to enjoy it, and if you don't, do something else you enjoy, and from there give it as much of your time as you can. Your guts and determination will take you to amazing places!
GABRIELLE REILLY: What do you think makes a bowler faster than the next guy?
IAIN O'BRIEN: Mostly body type and then it technique, guys with strong trunks generally have the ability to bowl quick and then there's skinny guys like me who rely on timing and technique.
GABRIELLE REILLY: What is your favorite, a 5 day test match, or a one day?
IAIN O'BRIEN: I first made my place in the Test team and really enjoy the challenge of the 5 day game, it's hard on the body, mind and sometimes soul. It's hard and that's why I love it. But I am getting to really enjoy One Day cricket more and more; the crowds, the energy and the intensity are a whole lot busier and it's a different challenge.
GABRIELLE REILLY: What countries have you played cricket in for New Zealand?
IAIN O'BRIEN: Australia, South Africa, Bangladesh, England, Sri Lanka
GABRIELLE REILLY: Do you think New Zealand is over the under. that is the underarm bowl Greg Chapel ordered his brother Trevor to bowl in 1981 at the One Day International ?
IAIN O'BRIEN: Will anyone be over that!!? Nah, we're fine with that now, it's only the media that try to hype that one up!