For example - or por ejemplo as the locals would put it - the great Spanish artist Diego Velazquez may have lived and worked in the 17th Century, but he was obviously familiar with the game and its personalities. How else would he have achieved this notable picture? The catalogue names it simply as Mars. But cricketers will see it for what it is - a portrait of the great moustached Australian paceman Mervyn Hughes. Merv poses fresh from the showers, having demolished English batting with a mixture of bouncers and invective. A towel is delicately draped over his googlies. For some unexplained and artistic reason, he has forgotten to take his batting helmet off.
|Mervyn Hughes by Velazquez|