NEIL Megson and Shaun Miller both had the same outlook after making their international debuts for England Over 50s, writes MARK EDWARDS.

The duo were called up for their country’s match away to Wales earlier last month, only to see the fixture abandoned due to rain.

Both feared their moment of glory had vanished, but were then delighted to learn they would play in the rearranged fixture, which England won.

“I thought the chance had gone,” admitted Banbury stalwart Megson.

“But then to get the chance to play – I was just so thrilled.

“It was a brilliant day, a great place to play and to be presented with a tie and cap like you see the England Test team, well that made me so proud.”

His views were echoed by Shipton-under-Wychwood spinner Miller.

“It is something I never thought would happen, but it was obviously an extremely proud moment for me,” he said.

“When the first game was called off you feared that was it, but thankfully we both got another chance.

“It might be the only time it happens, but nobody can take that away from us – we have played for England.”

He added: “It’s just silly little things that make it a big deal, like having our numbers on the caps.

“It was just a great experience.”

For Megson it completed an incredible comeback, after he was told in 1991 he would never play sport again.

“I broke my leg and had complications which saw me have seven operations and be in hospital for six weeks,” he said.

“I was told to forget playing sport and just worry about my leg which was devastating.

“I didn’t play cricket for over three-and-a-half years, but gradually got back into it.

“To then go on and skipper a side to the Home Counties Premier League title and now play for my country at the grand old age of 108 or whatever I am is just amazing.”

He added: “Playing for England just made me think about when I started as a 12-year-old and my first coaches, Arthur Howard, Bob Talbot and then Norman Burnley at school.

“I still love playing cricket now just as much as I did back then.”