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5/5 Writer and former England cricketer Ed Smith on cricket in the novels of JL Carr.
4/5 Former Olympic fencer Richard Cohen on swordplay in Dumas's The Three Musketeers.
3/5 Author Richard T Kelly on rugby league in Lindsay Anderson's film This Sporting Life.
2/5 Writer Lynne Truss on the celebrity racehorse Eclipse captured in Stubbs's 1770 portrait.
1/5 Simon Barnes on the immortalisation of Roger Bannister's mile in a still photograph.