The Ashes: Blood, sweat, tears ... and urine

Pietersen and company would do well to remember there's a time and place for everything.

updated: August 28, 2013 14:30 IST
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Blood. Sweat. Tears.

Traditionally, these were the only bodily fluids spilt on a playing field. In a non-contact sport such as cricket, you can count on the fingers of your hands the number of times blood made an appearance on the pitch in any given year. In the male-driven, testosterone-fuelled pursuit that modern sport has become, it takes a Flintoff-Lee Ashes 2005 moment - a once-in-a-decade occurrence - to wet the eye. In at least half the countries where cricket is played primarily in the summer, perspiration is the measure of the effort players put in.

Now, unfortunately, Kevin Pietersen and his merry men have added urine to the list of bodily fluids one might reasonably expect to encounter at a cricket ground.

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