County cricket poorer without Blackwell
Andy Bull, writing in the Guardian, reflects on England allrounder Ian Blackwell, whose county career is likely to be over after his release from Durham last week. His effectiveness in the county circuit, Bull says, is proof that cricket still has room for men of all sizes.
He might have been a better player if he hadn't just relied on his talent alone; if, like Langer, he had been prepared to put the hard yards. But he would have been less entertaining too. It was good to know that not every professional sportsman subscribed to such tedious mantras as "getting the best out of yourself" and "being the best you could be". Blackwell was happy as he was.