Simon Barnes

Former chief sportswriter of the Times and the author of more than 20 books

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Drinks are brought out onto the field


Pause - it's good for you

Break has several meanings in cricket, but today the predominant usage is to do with money-making

The presentation party stands in readiness


What branding does to sport

Cricket is much more than just a product to be packaged and sold by advertisers, right?

Roger Federer, during the 2015 Wimbledon championships


The beguilers

What makes us call a player a genius?

Sachin Tendulkar watchfully lets one go in the nets


Look sharp

If you have focus, you can achieve anything - or so they say

Chris Gayle is greeted by fans at the ground


Take me for example

Why do we expect sportspersons to be role models?

Saqlain Mushtaq appeals


The others

Not all the terms used in cricket come from the English language

Nelson Mandela receives a cricket bat from Hansie Cronje


Not a problem

The difficulties modern players face are often described as being "issues". That's not always a bad thing

Fred Trueman leads the Players out onto the field


Go pro

A word that was once used to describe a lower class of player now stands for a job reasonably done

Steve Waugh plays the forward defense


Is this boring you?

What is the purpose of sport: to entertain or to pursue excellence?