Ed Smith

Former Kent batsman. Writer of Luck - A Fresh Look at Fortune @edsmithwriter

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Alastair Cook gets a hug from Joe Root after notching a century

Why sportsmen need stress

It might sound counter-intuitive but players can convert the experience of mental strain into purposefulness, and derive strength from it

Spectators mill about the Nursery Ground at lunchtime

What sport means to us

When you go to watch a Test, you participate in a ritual that is a part of civilised existence

AB de Villiers jumps

Cover story

Batting 3.0

A deep dive into the whys, hows and whoas of modern batsmanship

David Warner targets the leg-side boundary

Welcome to the era of the total batsman

T20 has produced a breed of player who with his imagination, athleticism and technical mastery proves that scoring prodigiously and fast does not have to involve massive risk-taking

Martin Crowe made an unbeaten run-a-ball 105

The torture makes the genius?

For all the perspective he gained later in life, would Martin Crowe have been the batsman he was if not for the disharmony within him?