Former England pacer Steve Harmison reveals ‘demons’ made him think of suicide
Former leading England pace bowler Steve Harmison has revealed his battle with depression got so bad at the peak of his career he contemplated suicide. The 38-year-old — who played 63 Tests in which he took 226 wickets — says in his autobiography ‘Speed Demons’, which is being serialised in the ‘Daily Mirror’, he had gone in 2004 to see a psychologist about his ‘demons’. This was at a time when he was considered the world’s best bowler — Australian spin legend Shane Warne has listed him as being one of the top 50 cricketers of all time.
Harmison — who is one of a series of England cricketing greats such as opener Marcus Trescothick and all-rounder Andrew Flintoff to have spoken about suffering from depression — said he suffered from depression on long tours abroad but found it pursued him even in a home series.
“Fast forward to the great summer of 2004, when I was number one in the rankings for the Test bowlers,” says Harmison. “It was the same story — only worse. I was in no position to celebrate. I was in no state to do anything. England won all seven Tests but as that summer went on …read more