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AB de Villiers drove to backward point

The man with no minus

In most sportsmen, extraordinary ability and strengths are inevitably accompanied by some inadequacy, big or small. Not so with AB de Villiers

Garry Sobers on his way to 150*, his final Test hundred

Can sportsmen be called geniuses?

Mastery, playfulness, naturalness, style, wonder, mystery - all these concepts are relevant to the idea of genius. But is the term relevant to sport at all?

Chris Rogers signed off as Australia's Man of the Series

In praise of the old dog

Sometimes it just makes sense to pick an in-form player in his 30s than a younger alternative

Michael Clarke and Alastair Cook prepare to start the series

Captaincy: why authenticity matters

In the hare-and-tortoise comparison of Clarke and Cook, we must not lose sight of the fact that one man's methods are not necessarily better than the other's

Blue skies ahead? Alastair Cook savours victory

Cook's clarity breeds resilience

With his immaculate concentration at Lord's on Sunday, England's captain revealed his mental toughness. Whatever the sphere, the latter flows from the former