Ed Smith

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

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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

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