Heroes Are Only Human

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AFTER THE BALL: Foolish off the field, phenomenal on it

Shane Warne retires this week. this may mean nothing to you, but it means a lot to me. Warne is an Australian cricketer, one of the greatest in the history of the game and a revolutionary in his own way. In cricket there are two types of bowlers: fast and slow. The former tend to blast batsmen out with pace, the latter to bamboozle them, spinning the ball off the pitch so as to deceive and induce batsmen into a false shot. In the 1970s and '80s, when I was a kid growing up in Australia, my friends and I idolized...

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