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‘Tuffers’ secrets to staying in trim

Reporter Eliot Mullett caught up with ex-England cricketer Phil Tufnell this week to find out how he keeps trim.

Reporter Eliot Mullett caught up with ex-England cricketer Phil Tufnell this week to find out how he keeps trim.

‘TUFFERS’ as he is affectionately known, spent two decades as a professional cricketer without picking up a single injury.

But one short stint on a television dance show last year caused him to go under the surgeon’s knife for the first time: “I’ve always kept pretty fit - despite what other people may think!” said Phil, aged 44. “I watch what I eat and try to keep as active as possible.

“Strictly (Come Dancing) was extremely intense, practicing most days and putting my body through a lot. I’d played for 20 years with no serious injuries but within a matter of weeks on Strictly I’d hurt my knee!”

Phil was confined to a wheelchair after tearing a cartilage while competing on the BBC dance show.

He underwent keyhole surgery at a private hospital in London before amazingly recovering in time to compete in the following show.

“I think if you look after your body, just simple things like running and swimming, it heals a lot quicker,” added Phil, a father of two.

Despite rumours during his career of being something of a party animal, the former international spin bowler says he didn’t drink much alcohol during his playing days - although he does admit to having the “odd cigarette”.

“It’ll probably all go out the window though during the World Cup,” admitted the cheeky Arsenal fan. “I’ll be watching the England games with a nice cold beer in my hand!”

 

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