This column chooses to take these words as a tribute to its bravery.

For example, sad to say, but our time on the frontline of social media means that we were able to spot that Umar Akmal has a new pair of sunglasses.

These are his normal ones.

Never let it be said that we don't keep you abreast of important developments.

May as well include our mandatory in-flight selfie at this point too, as we seem to be on that sort of subject. The backdrop doesn't give too many clues, but we're pretty sure this is one.

Kevin Pietersen has learned sarcasm.

There are, however, no signs that he has yet discovered subtlety.

Maybe he could take tips off Michael Vaughan.

Oh wait. Is that use of punctuation meant to imply something, Michael?

As they play a team sport, cricketers are very good at finding a way to work alongside colleagues no matter what their apparent differences.

This kind of common goal is what allows them to work together, becoming more than the sum of their parts.

Oh well, as long as you don't turn on each other.

As well as being great team players, cricketers are also unafraid of hard work.

They are, however, less enamoured with homework.

Perhaps Shane Watson, James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja should have asked for help from their parents back in 2013.

Somewhere in the world, there is always a cricketer complaining about taxi travel.

And air travel.

Alex Bowden blogs at King Cricket