Cricket star to put on a corking show

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A cricket star is hoping to bowl over viewers as he takes part in a reality TV show.

England and Hampshire all-rounder Dominic Cork is starring in this year's Dancing on Ice competition.

He makes his debut performance with dance professional skater Alexandra Schauman during tomorrow night's ITV1 show.

Speaking to The News as he practised his moves at Gosport Ice Rink yesterday, Cork said: 'I'm doing it for the challenge really.

'I think it's definitely the hardest reality show that's out there at the moment.

'I tried out for the programme two years ago and then I got a call in August and had another audition before I was given the go ahead in September.

'I've been training with Alexandra my dance partner five days a week since November, with only a two-week break for Christmas.

'I've never been ice skating so the first training session I was hugging the advertisement boards around the rink.

'And you'll be able to tell I'm not lying when you see tomorrow's video link of me.

'I don't know how any of them do it, Alexandra says it will come naturally, but I don't know how anyone can think that's natural.

'After getting over that though I have to say I love it. I'm enjoying each day and looking forward to skating.'

Dominic, who started his career with Hampshire in 2009, is hoping to have as much success on the ice as he has had on the cricket pitch.

But he said he needs the support of readers of The News.

'I really want to go far in the competition so need the support of everyone, including people in Portsmouth and the rest of Hampshire,' he said.

'This is different for me and I want to see how far I can go.'

Last week eight couples took part with news reader Angela Rippon and EastEnders actress Nadia Sawalha being given the boot.

Alexandra said: 'I really admire all these celebrities who take part, as it must be difficult for them. We're both excited to start.'

Dancing On Ice starts at 6.30pm tomorrow. The programme is on ITV1.