Ed Smith is a journalist and author, most recently of Luck. He is a former professional cricketer and played for both Middlesex and England.
At times during my cricket career, it felt as though sport had been turned into Gradgrindian pedagogy. Leicester's fearless showing in the Premier League is a breath of fresh air.
If you don’t trust people, at least make sure that you imprison them, seems to be the idea.
Are we inclined to overestimate the innovator – the first, the forerunner, the anticipator of the zeitgeist – and correspondingly underestimate the artist who brilliantly masters existing forms?
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.