Ed Smith

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

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

Middlesex celebrate their Championship title

Natural leaders are made in retrospect

There is no template for the perfect captain. Some of the game's greatest were not identified as such straightaway

Barefoot runner

Follow in the bare footsteps of the Kalenjin

Champion runners from the Kenyan tribe show how the interventions of modern sports science can be counterproductive if relied upon too soon. Cricketers, are you listening?

James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Shane Watson, Brad Haddin and Steven Smith relish the victory

What did we learn from this World Cup?

That there is a place for proper batsmanship in ODIs, that New Zealand punch above their weight, and that taking wickets wins you matches

England players find entertainment on a laptop after play was called off due to rain

Data is not the enemy

Taking the stats at your disposal into account does not mean your players cannot play a fearless and instinctive brand of cricket

Chris Jordan is congratulated after Angelo Mathews' dismissal

Test cricket is on the brink of exhaustion

The rise of New Zealand is heartening, but the preponderance of whitewashes in the five-day game tells of cramped itineraries that demean rivalry

Much to ponder: Alastair Cook and Peter Moores watching England's net session

It's not the plan, stupid

Good performances make all plans look good. The better team on the day always wins, irrespective of what was strategised in the dressing room