Ed Smith is a journalist and author, most recently of Luck. He is a former professional cricketer and played for both Middlesex and England.
Competitiveness – against peers or past greats – may prove the initial motivation. But how long can it drive a life or a career?
I had a splendid election campaign. I left England for the Caribbean.
Cameron knows better than to imitate Tony Blair. After all, politicians should be steady, not needy.
It is a magical story, that a tiny archipelago came to dominate a world sport - but now the West Indies board owes £27m.
Modernism's legacy seems to dominate refined taste - but you can't underestimate the power of a great story.
Instead of playing to win, politicians are seeking not to lose.
"A tiny business with proper values can make a disproportionate contribution to civic life."
If this kind of performance is what you get after six months of dedicated planning, then less planning sounds good to me.
The conflict between instict and reason has left me having a small domestic disagreement in my head.
There's a fear that politicians are merely polishing the surface, allowing the decay to spread.