Gayle leads Windies celebrations after two-time former champions qualify for the World Cup

IMG_7289Chris Gayle led the Windies’ celebrations after the two-time former world champions qualified for next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup, which will take place in England and Wales from 30 May to 14 July.

The Windies defeated Scotland by five runs by the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern Method on Wednesday after Scotland were 125 for five in 34.2 overs, chasing 199 for victory, when rain prevented any further play in what was turning into a thrilling match.

Asked if he thought he had achieved his mission of coming to Zimbabwe to help the Windies qualify for the World Cup, Gayle said: “Mission accomplished, definitely. It has been a long journey and the process we have gone through to qualify, we still have to give thanks even though it was a rain interrupted game today, but a win is a win.

“I am so happy to have qualified for another World Cup., I just have to stay fit now and we have a young team, but it will be my last World Cup that is for sure, so I am looking forward to it.”

Gayle said he had thoroughly enjoyed the tournament and was delighted to see the passion amongst the Zimbabwe fans.

“It has been a great tournament, the support here in Zimbabwe is always fantastic. It has been quite a while since I have been here, the people have been fantastic. We have come and accomplished what we came for.”

Talking about his hunger for more success, Gayle said: “The fans drive you, people always say, ‘Chris we want to see you back in Windies colours, want to see you play Test cricket in the whites again’, and I say one more time I will do it for you guys.

IMG_7286“I will take on the journey and next year will play for them again and I look forward to it.

“I need a couple [of] months to get properly fit and especially I love playing in England and Wales. Lots of the Windies fans over the world are sad that we are in this position, where we have to play the qualifiers. But, cricket is like life, you have ups and downs, and nothing is guaranteed in life.”

The Windies coach, Stuart Law, said: “The journey we have been on for the last year, we have had some bad times, some reasonable times. We came here to qualify for the World Cup, and we have played some pretty good cricket along the way. Today, we were pushed by Scotland, credit to them, they fought hard.”

Law praised his players for the way they fought in Wednesday’s match.

“For Marlon Samuels to come in at two for two and put on 121 runs was crucial once again. It would have been nice if Samuels or Evin Lewis had gone further into the innings, but they absorbed pressure and managed to get enough on the board.

“Credit to Scotland. They fought hard too, and we were lucky enough to pick up a couple of wickets. [Ashley] Nurse, Kemar Roach and Jason Holder bowled their hearts out. All round very happy with where we are.

“We can now sit down and plan for the Cricket World Cup which is good. We can get this out of the way and go home and start thinking about what we are going to do and how we are going to play in English conditions.”

The Windies captain Jason Holder said the people of the Caribbean should be proud of his side.

“I don’t think it [the qualification] has sunk in yet. We have been through a lot. We were bruised, we have been hurt and we have copped a lot of criticism in the past couple of years. To come into this competition, where there was so much pressure and to produce the cricket we have to qualify for the World Cup is pleasing.

“I have been very anxious, and nervous. It has been the general feeling around the whole team. One thing is that we came together for the whole tournament, that was the determining factor, we wanted the same result and we were fighting for the same cause.

“It is a great achievement to qualify for the Cricket World Cup, I pride myself on leading from the front and all the other guys have backed me up. The people in the West Indies should be really proud of us to qualify for the World Cup. It is the first time we have played in the Cricket World Cup Qualifier. To handle ourselves the way we did was really pleasing, I am sure everyone back home is smiling.”

The Windies fast bowler Kemar Roach said it was a tough game and now he was looking forward to his third World Cup. “It was a tough game, 198 wasn’t enough, so we had belief and wanted to make it as tough as possible for the Scottish to win the game, the weather was in our favour today and we are into the finals.

“It is my job and role to get wickets up front and I think I did a pretty good job today, could have been a little better, getting the win for the Windies was the most important thing.

“Definitely looking forward to the ICC Cricket World Cup it will be my third World Cup, if I am selected, it will be a great honour for me to play in that, and we will have to work hard to bring it home. The pressure we put the people under back home is tough, I want to say sorry, but that is the West Indies, that’s how we play, we keep people on the edge of their seats.”

Evin Lewis, who added 121 runs for the third wicket with Marlon Samuels, said: “It is a great feeling to qualify for the Cricket World Cup. We had a lot of pressure on us and we need to enjoy the moment. It is unfortunate to win by Duckworth-Lewis-Stern, but it is cricket and that happens.

“Looking forward to the Cricket World Cup, I have never been to one, and we will do our best and hopefully we can reach the final. It is a dream for all cricketers to be in a Cricket World Cup and it means a lot to me, as it is something special.”

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Cricket West Indies announce new support squad & coaches

Windies CricekCricket West Indies (CWI) yesterday announced changes to the coaching and support teams for the current West Indies squads. The main aim over the next year is to ensure that the Windies qualify for the ICC World Cup 2019 and defend the ICC Women’s World T20 title.

The confirmed coaching and support teams have seen the appointment of a number of persons in specific posts that include direct and full-time employment, mixed with supplementary and support services while on tour.

Following exclusive reports made by Guardian Media Limited two weeks ago, Director of Cricket, Jimmy Adams, congratulated the new appointees. “Rawl Lewis has been promoted to be team manager and Raymond Reifer steps up from his former U15s coaching role. I’m delighted that we’re promoting from within the CWI coaching and management set up.” Referencing the background to these changes, Adams added, “We are focused on improving team performance, as well as broadening and deepening the coaching expertise in the region. We know we’ve got vital games and tournaments this year and we’re confident that these appointments will strengthen the WINDIES squads for this year and our future plans.”

Johnny Grave, CWI Chief Executive confirmed, “We have assembled support teams for all three Windies squads that we believe will best assist the players in preparing and competing in their forthcoming series and tournaments.” In relation to the specific changes Grave confirmed, “Joel Garner has agreed to become an Ambassador, supporting the fundraising IT20 match at Lord’s at the end of May and helping us launch the WINDIES Foundation planned for later this year. Ronald Rogers will remain in the region working with Alzarri Joseph on his rehabilitation programme following his stress fracture.”

Here are the full lists of the coaches and support team

Team Manager, Rawl Lewis

Head Coach, Stuart Law

Bowling Coach, Alfonso Thomas

Batting Coach, Toby Radford

Fielding Coach, Ryan Maron

Physiotherapist, David Kershaw

Strength and Conditioning Coach, Corey Bocking

Massage Therapist, Matthew Laubscher

Team Psychologist, Steve Sylvester

Team Analyst, Dexter Augustus

Team Media Officer, Philip Spooner

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Holder hints at changes for second test

th-28Under pressure West Indies captain Jason Holder has hinted at changes to come ahead of Friday’s second test against England at Headingley. The team will be looking to rebound from a innings a 209 run defeat inside three days at Edgbaston.

Holder says the players have been working with the team’s sports psychologist, Steve Sylvester, as they try to bounce back in the face of the poor perforamnce and scathing criticism which followed their humiliating defeat in the first test.

Meanwhile, all-rounder Chris Woakes, who has not played international cricket since June after struggling with a side strain, will return to the England team, replacing fellow pace bowler Toby Roland-Jones, who took four wickets in Edgbaston.

West Indies have not won a test in England since 2000 and have not won a series away from home against a team other than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe since 1995.

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Jason Holder urges West Indies to ignore critics and unite for revival

4970For Jason Holder, the short first Test has made for a long last few days. He and his team have been stewing on their defeat at Edgbaston for the best part of a week now, and Holder has the careworn air of a man who has spent a lot of time in team meetings.

“It’s not easy, but I don’t think life is meant to be easy,” Holder said at Headingley on Wednesday. “It’s a young group, we’re trying to learn as best as we possibly can under the circumstance we’re faced with.”

Holder says he has not paid any attention to the stinging criticisms made by the team’s former bowling coach, Curtly Ambrose, who said that West Indies were “pathetic” and “embarrassing”, or any of the other critics, for that matter.

“I can’t change it or control so I ignore it,” Holder said. “It’s a waste of time thinking about it. We’ve taken a fair bit of criticism from the English and the West Indians, and everyone to be honest.

“That’s something that inspires or motivates some people and breaks some people. But we’ve got to stay together as a side, for the people who might not necessarily be able to handle it. And for the people it motivates, it must drive them to get the best out of themselves.”

His own approach was to disregard it all. “My job is to keep motivating the team,” he said. “It is hard, it’s not impossible, but I accept the challenge.”

Holder did not want to talk about Geoffrey Boycott’s idiotic comments, either. During the first Test, Boycott complained that he would have a better chance of winning a knighthood if he wore black face-paint, because they had been “handed out like confetti” to former West Indies players. He has since apologised.

“I don’t get sucked into it, I don’t listen to it,” Holder said, “so I really don’t know what Geoffrey Boycott has been saying or if he’s been saying anything to be honest.”

It was the last question Holder took, since the press conference was shut down immediately after he answered. It seemed a shame that the West Indies captain felt it best to hold his tongue.

He is an eloquent, intelligent man, and, you guess, would have plenty to say about all this in private. Instead, he stuck to talking about what had gone wrong at Edgbaston, and what he hoped would go right at Headingley.

“As a bowling unit I don’t think we were as patient as we would like to be, we lacked consistency and it was difficult to set fields as the England players scored both sides of the wicket,” he said. “As a batting unit we’ve got to know where our off stump is and be a lot more selective in our stroke play.” He also said he did not want “to make it too complicated”.

Joe Root spoke, too. There are only 11 months between Root and Holder, these two young captains, but they make a contrasting pair. Holder carries himself like a great leader off the field, but does not often perform like one on it.

Root is the reverse of that. He is a nervous talker, constantly tugging at his sleeves and tripping himself because he is trying so hard to say just the right thing. Chris Woakes had come into the team ahead of Toby Roland-Jones, the Yorkshireman explained, because England felt it was important that he “gets some game time”.

As for the batsmen: “I think the only message for those guys is to go out there and take this opportunity. It’s another week of hard Test cricket, where of course guys are under different pressures wherever they bat in the batting order. And if they want to nail down those spots they have to deal with that and if they get in make it really count.”

Steve SylvesterHow Holder must wish his own challenges were so simple. West Indies, have, he said, been doing a lot of good work with the sports psychologist Steve Sylvester. It is, he conceded, still “a work in progress”.

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WEST INDIES RECRUIT PSYCHOLOGIST STEVEN SYLVESTER TO PREPARE FOR TEST TOUR OF ENGLAND

Cricket West Indies (CWI) today can announce that Chartered Psychologist Steven Sylvester has been brought in as the Team Psychologist to the Windies team during their two month tour of the UK.

Steve SylvesterThe renowned Sport Psychologist was approached by Cricket West Indies to support the players, coaches and support staff.

Sylvester’s eye-catching CV includes playing his part behind the scenes in Middlesex County Cricket Club winning the County Championships after 23 years last summer.

He’s also had success with bringing teams together in football, having helped AFC Wimbledon gain promotion into League One in 2016 and Sheffield United ending their six-year exile from the Championship in May.

Jimmy Adams, CWI’s Director of Cricket, welcomed Sylvester’s expertise to aid the young side.

The historic first Test, the first ever international Test match to be played under lights, starts at Headingley on Thursday and Adams said: “The genesis of Steven’s appointment was a request from the Test and ODI captain Jason Holder along with Head Coach Stuart Law.

“Both believed that our squad needed someone possessing the appropriate skill set to address areas of team building, and psych support. Steven completed the application process out of which our panel considered him the strongest candidate for the role.”

Cricket - Essex  and West IndiesSylvester, as a lifelong West Indies supporter, admits his role in the backroom team has helped fulfil a lifelong ambition.

“This is a dream come true to be involved in West Indies cricket and I’m excited to be a part of their preparation for this tour,” he said.

“I have been a lifelong fan of West Indies cricket as a kid growing up with my Father from St. Vincent and then as a player and a Psychologist.

“I’ve often referred to my cricketing hero’s from the West Indies when I’ve been working within other sports. I’ve always admired their courage and spirit and it’s an honour to be involved.”

Johnny Grave, CEO of Cricket West Indies added: “Steven has a great track record of working with successful teams and we are looking forward to him helping our young players improve their performances on the field.”

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Premier League EXCLUSIVE: Steve Sylvester reveals how life behind the bravado can be murky

BEHIND the bravado, the super-stardom and the money-no-object lifestyle there remains a stigma, a taboo subject that footballers struggle with just the same as the man on the street.

Aaron-Lennon-837664As the glitz and glamour of the new football season whisked fans off their feet this weekend, so depression and anxiety will remain as rife as it has done for years, plaguing the millionaire footballer just as much as the person who works six days a week to pay for a match ticket.

But there is a ray of hope. Steven Sylvester is a sports psychologist who has been credited with possessing the Midas touch behind the scenes.

The pressure of performing in front of thousands is no longer just restricted to the pitch. With the growing exposure of social media, it means what you do is scrutinised 24/7.

“Sportsmen are human and they also need support,” said Sylvester. “People will say what have they got to worry about as they have a dream job with a great salary. But that’s not a justification of being happy.

“Clubs need to have a bigger duty of care for the modern sportsman. Gone are the days when players bottled things up and just got on with it as it doesn’t help your performance. So much is played out in your mind. If you are content and happy off the pitch, then you are on it.

“You need to support those feeling vulnerable, fragile and exposed. Knowing I’m there is good for the players. They are finding it’s OK to talk about things.

“I think playing the game helps. I will stay back for shooting practice with a player or simply have some throw downs before the start of a day’s play.

“I will work in between the lines and when things are not quite right I will flag them up with the manager and the player also goes away feeling better.”

During Sylvester’s first season with AFC Wimbledon in 2014-15, an unlikely promotion from League Two followed.

Recruited by Sheffield United after four straight defeats at the start of last season, the Blades have taken their place back in the Championship.

And to complete the list, Sylvester helped old county Middlesex end their 23-year wait to win the County Championship last season.

“Performing as an entertainer in front of the masses comes with high pressure,” said Sylvester. “But you can’t get away from it as your game is analysed by everyone.”

Think of sportsmen with mental health issues and the list is vast. Most recently, Aaron Lennon, of Everton, was sectioned under the mental health act during last season. He has since returned to training and thanked the people around him for their help.

Former German goalkeeper Robert Enke committed suicide at the age of 32 in 2009. His widow later revealed he had been fighting depression since the death of his daughter.

And the problem is wider than football; former cricketers Marcus Trescothick and Jonathan Trott have both suffered from mental health issues, former Olympic cyclist Victoria Pendleton wrote in her memoirs about self-harming.

Angus Fraser, Middlesex’s director of cricket, said: “The world is a tougher place now than when I played. Players need support on the physical and mental side and Steven plays a big part in that.

“Cricket especially can be a lonely, from travelling and away from the family, to practicing in the nets for hours. It’s a team game, but as a batsman or bowler you are on your own so you need that level of support.”

Neal Ardley, the AFC Wimbledon manager, revealed Sylvester acts more than just a 12th man or as a cheerleader.

He said: “He’s a vital cog in our engine. Straight away I made sure he was involved in the changing room and in the dugout.

“He acts as a sounding board and we bounce ideas off each other. Steven is brilliant at picking up any potential issues affecting a player that I wouldn’t have seen.

“That can be the difference between the player having no impact on a game and a man-of-the-match performance to help us win.”

There has been a culture shift in recent years. While some old school sceptics still might claim a player is mentally weak for seeking help, the modern forward-thinking manager will now reach out and embrace a support mechanism.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder said: “Group ethic is vital and the work with players frustrated at being out of the team is just as important as the ones in it.

“Steve is very talented at what he does as he will never force a player to speak. They come to him as they feel comfortable in his company and he has their trust.”

If this ethic can spread throughout sport and to the wider world, the harrowing stories might soon become a thing of the past.

Article written by Darren Witcoop for The Daily Express (7th August 2017) Read it here:

http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/837664/Premier-League-Steven-Sylvester-Sheffield-United-Cricket-Football-Psychology

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The Hazard’s and Ronaldo’s of English Cricket

by Nick Hoult:

Imagine the situation. It is the last over of the Champions Trophy final. You have 14 runs to defend, six balls to bowl. Land six balls in the right place and you will be be a hero.
At the other end is Jos Buttler. You know he hits 30.59 percent of deliveries in the last 10 overs for a boundary because the team statistician has told you so. In fact – with a strike rate of 199.5 – no other batsman in the world is so effective at the end of a one-day international.

So what to do? Length is a no-no. You know those balls disappear into the night sky. Do you bowl yorkers? Wide yorkers? Slower balls, or slower ball bouncers?
This is what makes the art of ‘death’ bowling cricket’s ultimate examination of character and nerve. Ben Stokes failed his test in in the World Twenty20 final when he had 18 runs to defend but was clobbered for four sixes by Carlos Braithwaite. “It was like the whole world had come down on me,” he said. Over the next week in England’s one-day series against South Africa, and then in June’s Champions Trophy, other bowlers will feel that same choking pressure, where their skills will be subjected to the most forensic examination. Some will be heroes, others failures.

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Sports psychologist Steve Sylvester, who works with Middlesex and football managers, compares the job to taking a penalty in football. He knows an England international, who was at the top of his game, who could never take a penalty despite his talent. “He knew his emotional world could not tolerate missing a penalty even though he knew he was a world class player,” he explained.

There will be bowlers who are the same. But Sylvester, and people like him, are paid to try and help them overcome those emotional obstacles so they can perform under the most stressful of circumstances.
“I try and understand a player’s tolerance to negativity from the crowd, the media and other cricketers,” he said. “I make them understand the context. You say it is pantomime. It is not you personally, it is the role you are fulfilling. You can either be a hero or a villain. Either way if you are being cheered or booed you have to accept you are there to fulfil a role. One day it could be great and you are a hero. Another you could be a booed and be the villain. That is why you have to have a special character to cope with either of those roles because eventually if you do you job long enough you will end up experiencing both those roles.”

The death overs of course are about more than the final six balls. The last 10 overs of an innings these days are when a total can rocket into the stratosphere with captains allowed only five fielders outside the 30-yard inner circle. When England made their world record 444-3 against Pakistan at Trent Bridge last summer they were 289 for three at the start of the 40th over.
Since the last World Cup in 2015, when England were an embarrassment, they have been reborn and it is in the final stages of an innings they are so dangerous, hitting more boundaries and at a better strike rate than any other team in the world.

th-4Sylvester believes the death bowlers, those who can stop the likes of Stokes and Buttler, will be the superstars of the future. He thinks they will be the “Hazards or Ronaldos” of cricket – in other words, those players most wanted by franchise owners.

Malinga is the master, training his muscles by bowling at a boot placed on the length he is aiming for. England’s bowling coach Ottis Gibson lays out three different coloured cones as targets for his bowlers: a red one wide of off stump, a yellow one aiming at the stumps, and a green one down the leg side. As the bowler enters his delivery stride Gibson calls out a colour. It is designed to replicate a batsman moving around his crease and makes his bowlers learn to think and change their plan at the last moment.
Another drill is to place a bar on two bricks and get the bowlers to try and send the ball underneath it to learn the right length to bowl.
Unorthodox bowlers like Malinga and Bumrah have a natural advantage. Malinga’s release point is about 11 o’clock, so if he is short with his length the ball does not bounce so high, leaving the batsmen with little elevation to use to his advantage. If a bowler has an upright arm like Chris Woakes and bowls short by a couple of inches, the batsman can get underneath the ball. th-9
Australia are the best team in the world at bowling yorkers, according to the numbers. Hastings is part of their Champions Trophy squad and recently produced a death bowling performance in the Big Bash that Kevin Pietersen described as the best he had ever seen.

“If you are nailing a really good yorker not many batsmen around the world, possibly only three or four, can hit it. Nine out of ten times the batsman will only get one run or a dot off it. A dot ball is almost as important as a wicket,” Hastings said.

“Bowling a yorker is a massive effort ball. It has to be the fastest ball you bowl because if you do miss your length and it becomes a low full toss instead the pace will mean the batsmen is not ready to hit it. When I was younger I spent a lot of time working on it. If I am going into a white ball tournament I will do a lot of work on it.
“You need to be able to know your skills in training and have confidence in them. When you are under pressure at the end a lot of different things run through your mind, you need to slow down. You have a think about what is going on.”
Stokes was criticised for sticking to his gameplan and bowling leg stump yorkers, but when the stakes are so high, is it not inevitable a bowler will fall back on what he does best? “Good death bowlers for me are like world class chess players,” says Sylvester. “They are working out exactly what the batsman is doing and they are making a plan to disrupt what the batsman thinks they are going to receive.

“He needs to plan for contingency. If the yorker is going out of the ground in the non-emotional world it is easy. You just change the delivery. But when you get the adrenaline rush and the pressure that is when the work needs to be done to get him to pause and consider what to do. Slow the over down.”

th-14Of course coaches do not want the same drama as the rest of us. They want their team to have done the job before the death overs. “Everyone talks about death bowling but no team has mastered the art of death bowling, most teams are travelling at the back end so if you can pick up wickets and up front, your death bowling is always going to be good,” said Russell Domingo, the South Africa coach. “If the opposition is only two or three down with eight overs to go, your death bowling is always going to be poor. So picking up wickets in the middle overs is crucial.”
Domingo stands and falls by winning matches – and is currently having to reapply for his job – but the rest of us want entertainment. We want close finishes. We want to see bowlers like Adam Milne of New Zealand having the balance of the match in their, probably sweaty, palm as they bowl the last six balls of a final.
Milne has the lowest economy rate in the final 10 overs since the last World Cup but modestly points out that is an anomaly caused by missing matches through injury. But he has played all around the world in the IPL and for New Zealand, and been captained by two of the best batsmen around, Kane Williamson and De Villiers. Communication is key.

“I try and tell myself to just put a smile on people’s faces, get to the top of your mark and be confident about what you do. AB De Villiers at mid-off would say to me: ‘Decide what you bowl and be confident’. If you have any doubts that is when it might go wrong. If I stand at the top of my mark and decide on a yorker then I back myself 100 percent.

th-11“It can be hard when a batsman is moving around and getting into different positions. But you have to be calm and make sure you have a ball in your mind. Most of the time when you change your mind at the last second of delivery it can go wrong. Sometimes you can change the direction but not the style of ball. If you are going to bowl a yorker and the batsman steps away you can follow him. That is a lot easier to change than switching to a totally different delivery.”
“We are not talking cricket skills,’ added Sylvester. “My view would be how can you blend your emotional world into your ability to execute the skills that are well honed at the death. The work to be done with death bowlers is when it is not going right and drilling down into their mindset. Normally they close off when it goes wrong. The consequences of not speaking about it are huge. You want them to say ‘it does not stop me as I have a big role to play as a death bowler.’”
Possibly the biggest role of all over the next few weeks.

 

Article by Nick Hoult of The Telegraph

 

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The Togetherness & Success of Sheffield United FC

Sheffield v Bradford City - English League One - Bramall Lane StadiumBig celebrations on the pitch at Bramall Lane today. It’s been a great season and i’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at SUFC.   For Chris Wilder & his team to see the season out not only as Champions but on 100 points too, the first club since York in the region to ever achieve this, what an awesome acheivement.

Well done to Sheffield United & the brilliant and faithful Fans – they have been amazing.  I hope you get a sense of their energy from the video below.  Our marketing office are hoping to put together a more comprehensive post on the season shortly.

https://www.facebook.com/TheSportPsychologist/videos/1876691345937528/

“Yes, this club has played in higher divisions and including the Premier League. But the togetherness of this group is there to be seen in every aspect. The same goes for the points tally and the goals too.” – Chris Wilder

 

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Middlesex CCC Skipper on winning the County Championships

“It was about trying to buy into a culture where we have each other’s backs when times are tough” says Middlesex skipper James Franklin on the work Middlesex did with team Psychologist Steven Sylvester ahead of their Championship win.

Franklin with Steven

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Is a big ego crucial to achieving sporting greatness?

unnamedPrince Naseem Hamed was the world’s best featherweight boxer between 1997 and 2000. But one wonders how much more he could have achieved had he not become lost in the fog of his own hype and cut corners in training, resulting in the only defeat of his career to Marco Antonio Barrera in 2001 and subsequent retirement, aged just 28, in 2002.

Sport psychologist Steven Sylvester, who has worked with England cricketer Moeen Ali, two world champion snooker players and a major-winning golfer, among numerous other athletes, cites the problems caused when a sportsman or sportswoman adopts a selfish approach.

“That mindset is a catastrophe for me,” said Sylvester. “We want athletes to make the right decisions on the pitch under pressure and think how they might benefit their team-mates rather than just themselves. ”

By Alec Fenn Football writer BBC SPORT

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