Currently reading On and off the field by Ed Smith. It's a diary of his 2003 season & is really insightful, far more so than sportsmen's books usually are.
As befits a man with a double first from Cambridge in History he equally has one foot firmly planted in academia (he pens reviews for The Times Literary Supplement & namechecks Vikram Seth as easily as Rob Key) and turns his daunting acuity to the often unexplained fluctuations of a sportsman's form and pulses of a cricketer's season. He may not be the best batsman, but is probably the best qualified to write about it.
- As featured in The Independent.
"This is not the time for namby-pamby promising youngsters who might just do something; not the time for building for the future. Pragmatism rules and they don't come more pragmatic than Rogers."
- Victor Marks makes the case for stiff-legged and stiff-armed 35 year old left-handers in Ashes squads
Last edited by BoyBrumby; 17-09-2006 at 04:57 AM.
Reason: typo. Got "l" & "u" wrong way round in "pulses"