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Freud in the slips

Both test cricket and psychoanalysis are out of tune with a world that demands quick results. That's our loss, argues former England cricket captain Mike Brearley, now Britain's leading psychoanalyst

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Twenty-eight years ago, a cricket match entered sporting folklore. That year, 1981, was an Ashes year and Australia, like this year, was expected to prevail. England lost the first test, drew the second, and found their talismanic all-rounder Ian Botham crippled by the burden of captaincy. Only after Botham failed with the bat in the second test did England make the bold and, as it turned out, inspired move to recall as captain a man whose batting was less than Bothamesque, but whose leadership was already legendary.

Mike Brearley had passed…

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