He was, as we say in Australia, just a really good bloke.
Moeen Ali has shown it is possible to be both a devoutly practising Muslim and a loyal participating citizen of Britain. There is no contradiction at all between the two.
Within sport, women athletes are finally gaining the professional recognition they deserve. Yet the media continues to assume that “the England team” is shorthand for “the men’s team”.
Dynasties, after all, can wind up frighteningly quickly, with or without hubris at the top.
Sachin Tendulkar is reported to have requested 500 tickets for friends and relatives for his final match before retirement.
Time away from home, the pressures of top-level sport, and even the game itself play a part. Antoinette Muller speaks to some of the players about why mental health problems are still a taboo subject in professional cricket.
When he retired from cricket, Ed Smith sought some distance from sport and in particular from cricket. But the first Ashes test of 2013 at Trent Bridge has brought him back to his first love - cricket.
Ed Smith's "Left Field" column.
Imran Khan's diary.
As the first Ashes test gets underway, Antoinette Muller looks into the often-overlooked women's game, where unequal prize money and a lack of professional contracts means many female cricketers must hold down other jobs in order to take to the field.