Tom Fordyce

Chief sports writer, BBC Sport

Analysis and opinion from our chief sports writer

About Tom

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With cricket, rugby, athletics and tennis among the sports he covers, he provides insight and commentary into the characters, stories and big events that make the sporting world go round.

He has covered Olympic Games, World Championships, rugby World Cups and Ashes tours home and away, as well as the Ryder Cup and multiple Wimbledons.

Winner of Sports Blogger of the Year, he is an amateur sportsman of minimal note but was recently included in the UK Press Gazette's list of the top 50 UK sports journalists.

Cherish the supreme showman Bolt

Read full article on Usain Bolt: Showman strikes again at World Championships

So now we know: the way to bring down Usain Bolt is to blindside him with a Segway.

Even then it was too late. By the time a cameraman chasing the great champion had clipped his winged heels and sent them both to the deck, Bolt was halfway round his lap of honour and his latest line-up of victims trudging out of the stadium with their spikes slung round their necks.

Bolt's gold his greatest miracle?

Read full article on Usain Bolt delivers his greatest miracle in beating Justin Gatlin

From a man who has delighted in pulling off the impossible, this was perhaps the greatest miracle of all.

We often compare Usain Bolt to Muhammad Ali - not for his political convictions but his charisma, for the effect he has had on his sport, for the impact he has made on the world outside it.

'Worlds cannot come soon enough'

Read full article on World Athletics Championships 'cannot come soon enough'

It is not fair to say that athletics is a sport mired in crisis. As the World Championships begin here in Beijing, it is a sport mired in several crises, all at the same time.

This has been a harrowing month for track and field, in an era when the sport is already struggling to hang on to the fascination and trust of the wider sporting public.

Are the Ashes becoming predictable?

Read full article on Ashes 2015: Is home advantage becoming too important?

One of the wonders of England's 3-1 Ashes triumph this summer is that it emerged from such carnage: that ghastly 5-0 Pomnishambles in the preceding series 18 months ago, the second whitewash Australia had inflicted in three Ashes series down under.

That itself followed a 3-0 win for England the summer before, part of a run that has seen them win four consecutive Ashes series at home for the first time since the 19th century.

'Fitting end to a series of change'

Read full article on Ashes 2015: 'A fitting end to a series of rapid change'

It began with fireworks and Land of Our Fathers on a damp Cardiff outfield and ended as a contest exactly one month later with Nathan Lyon's stumps splattering one hour and 20 minutes before lunch on a sun-kissed Saturday in Nottingham.

This has been a series of unreal pace and unfathomable change, and its conclusion was entirely in keeping: England's Mark Wood riding an imaginary horse around the Trent Bridge outfield; Ben Stokes downing a bottle of beer in one by the old pavilion; Australia captain Michael Clarke retiring from international cricket three months after winning the World Cup, five days of cricket after his side had drawn level with a 405-run victory and 24 hours after insisting he was fighting on.

'Lunches last longer than Australia'

Read full article on Ashes 2015: Stuart Broad bowls Australia out for 60

Jimmy who?

Australia, all out for 60 in 18.3 overs. Stuart Broad, eight wickets for 15 runs. All of it done with 20 minutes to go until lunch on the first morning of an Ashes Test. There are no missing characters in this paragraph, although there are plenty in this Australia team.

Ashes cricket: Too fast, too furious?

Read full article on Ashes 2015: Long-form cricket played in the short-form way

A five-day contest that came within a few wickets of ending in two. Opening batsmen scoring 35-ball half-centuries, the number one ranked player in the world falling to a top-edged slog.

This is Test cricket with your finger on the fast-forward button, a battle not of attrition but acceleration, a Dickens novel abridged into a series of tweets.

'Heroes, novelties & redemptions - A thriller third round'

Read full article on Open 2015: St Andrew's theatre set for thrilling finale

Early on the morning of the third round of this Open, after three days of rain and wind and false starts, not just the skies grey but seemingly every player decked out in the same dispiriting colour, St Andrews was a coastal town from a Morrissey lyric: wet sands and lonely seagulls, anoraks and damp socks, every day like Sunday.

Which just goes to show that golf is a sport that develops at its own sweet pace and can carry you along like few others. From such a downbeat dawn sprung one of the great days of Open entertainment, a thriller with multiple twists and plot-lines, a drama that could yet end in fairytale or fresh history.