Ed Smith is a journalist and author, most recently of Luck. He is a former professional cricketer and played for both Middlesex and England.
A Test match is not just sport, it is a sustaining way to spend the whole day - and it needs to feel like an experience
Sport, especially English sport, has a blind spot about intelligence.
When Mourinho described Wenger as “a specialist in failure”, it was not cruelly accurate but sadly false. It showed the limitations of Mourinho’s world-view.
Why does one player rather than another of equal achievement lodge indelibly in the memory?
In Dubai there is no need for skyscrapers at all – but they give the city the perception of urban grandeur and perception is everything.
Team culture can’t be reasoned away.
There is value in strategic looseness.
If cricket is to survive as a major sport, let alone expand, it needs new regions and fresh voices.
In both sport and business, players with independent temperaments are often dragged into the middle ground, undermining their value.
Not only do we indulge flaws but we often, wrongly, interpret them as the engines of success.
The Zombie PM
The doomed premiership of Theresa May