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Does occupational success influence longevity among England test cricketers?
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    cricketers longevity study deeply flawed

    Dear Editor

    Utter nonsense. The study laughably considers WG , Ranji, Jardine & Larwood to have been failures, whilst Reg Simpson, Peter Richardson & Bob Barber – batsmen who all averaged in the mid 30s - were bizarrely thought of as successes.

    The flaw was in the chosen criteria for success ( 25 Tests). Far fewer Test matches were played years ago thus those born in the 1900s - who died,...

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    Importance of lifelong activity levels to longevity

    Dear Editor

    I read the recent article by Paul Boyle [1] regarding the longevity of English test cricketers with interest. In this paper the authors linked length of international cricket career (‘success’) with lifespan, suggesting that a successful life lead to a longer life. The hypothesis that quality of life grants one a physiological advantage and therefore increases length of life is well accepted in the...

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