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Interview: Mike Brearley on cricket and psychoanlysis

By James Crabtree  

its not just verbal pressure

It's not just verbal pressure

Nine words to dismay sporting traditionalists: “Maybe it will turn out that test cricket has no long-term future.” They come in the conclusion of Prospect’s July interview, where Edward Marriott talks to former England cricket captain Michael Brearley, an unusually thoughtful sportsman and now a leading psychotherapist.

The two elements of his career at first might seem quite different, but Brearley says that behind the gentle veneer of cricket lurks a game of surprising psychological pressures, including unusually high…

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