Simon Barnes

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

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Sachin Tendulkar watchfully lets one go in the nets

Wordplay

Look sharp

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


Chris Gayle is greeted by fans at the ground

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Take me for example

Why do we expect sportspersons to be role models?


Saqlain Mushtaq appeals

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The others

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


Nelson Mandela receives a cricket bat from Hansie Cronje

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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

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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

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Is this boring you?

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

Kevin Pietersen leaves the field

Moments

An immortal at The Oval


Only a child's wild imagination could have conceived an innings like Kevin Pietersen's 158 against Australia in 2005

Colin Cowdrey waves as he boards an aircraft

Moments

Call in Colin


At 41, Cowdrey gamely took on Lillee and Thomson, because how could he not?