England can win the World Cup, says Ireland legend Brian O’Driscoll

Retired captains are often generous about other teams but Brian O’Driscoll sounds ­genuine when he says: ­“England can win the World Cup. They’ve come a good ­distance under Stuart Lancaster.”

For England to lift the Webb Ellis Cup on home soil next autumn they will first have to finish in the top two of a pool which includes Australia and Wales.

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How Kevin Pietersen’s demise unravels a long-held myth of man management

Now you may think that the Kevin Pietersen saga has nothing to tell us about man management except that it is very difficult to cope with big stars. The bigger the ego the greater the clash between the player and the management team. And the very nature of cricket makes this more difficult. Cricket is that unique team game which allows an individual batsman or bowler free reign. A bowler can take all ten opposition wickets without the help of any of his team mates. He could clean bowl a batsman, have him leg before, or catch him of his own bowling. The rest of his team mates have no part in any of these three dismissals and, similarly, a batsman in cricket could make runs entirely through his own individual efforts provided all his scoring strokes are fours or sixes. This would mean he and his partner would not have to cross and get to the other end for a run to be recorded.

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Welcome to my website which has a flavour of my activities over 30 years as a writer and broadcaster. There are details of my books, articles, broadcasting, public speaking and awards.

New books

My new book Game Changer is about the rise and rise of the English Premier League.

The Premier League’s rise was a spectacular cocktail of events, few of which were properly anticipated let alone planned for. Game Changer takes us on a mesmerizing journey charting this rise, involving high stakes, multi-billion pound deals, powerful and rich people, and the future of the beautiful game.

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The Spirit of the Game is now available in paperback.

The spirit of the game was first nurtured on the playing fields of the English public school and this Corinthian spirit was then exported around the world. Today, sport is dominated by corruption, money and celebrity. Yet, we still believe and talk about the game as if it had a higher moral purpose. This book tells the story of how sport has lost its original spirit and how it emerged in the 20th century as the most powerful political tool in the world.

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