Waugh Carries His Pen

one of the hardest tasks faced by any off-duty sportswriter is to convince some people, usually women, that there are qualities to be admired in certain celebrated athletes. Watching, say, Lleyton Hewitt, many struggle to see past the scowling and the obnoxious self-exhortations to the traits that lifted a little trier to the peak of tennis. While most Australians preferred Steve Waugh to Hewitt, many couldn't warm to the cricketer, either. Grim and prickly, Waugh eschewed elegance for efficiency and good manners for a competitive edge. To his eternal credit, he took time out from his sport to mingle with India's...

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