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Murali's eyes, pigeons and a memorable final

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Adam Mountford | 08:37 UK time, Sunday, 3 April 2011

So after 50 days, 17 flights, 49 matches and 25 Test Match Special ball-by-ball commentaries, my 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup experience is over. Here is the last of my behind the scenes glimpses into life on the road with TMS which I hope you have enjoyed!

Friday 25 March

The day before England's quarter-final against Sri Lanka and Michael Vaughan calls to confirm that he's managed to persuade the most successful bowler of all time, Muttiah Muralitharan, to do an interview with him on the eve of the game. I wait alongside Vaughan in the hotel lobby and when Murali appears Michael shouts out "Here comes the eyes".

Vaughan told me earlier that it was always a nightmare facing the record-breaking spinner not just because of his variations but also the way his eyes pop out at you from the bowling crease. Just before I switch on the microphone, Vaughan admits that this will be the first interview he has ever done... not a bad name for starters. The chat is a fascinating one and Vaughan ends by cheekily saying "all the best on your last match for Sri Lanka tomorrow!"

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