Tom Fordyce

Chief sports writer

Analysis and opinion from our chief sports writer

About Tom

Tom is the BBC's chief sports writer. ... Read more about Tom Fordyce

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.

Mohammad Amir

'Amir's allure wins on Lord's return'

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A Lord's crowd is not much inclined towards heckling. Visiting centurions get standing ovations. Champagne corks can land on the outfield to convivial cheers; disapproval is marked by gentle sighs and the sound of newspapers being purposefully refolded.

So it was unlikely Mohammad Amir's return to Test cricket, six years after he was banned from the game for his part in a spot-fixing scandal, would be greeted by blockades of the Grace Gate or scorecards being burned in the Coronation Garden.

Misbah-ul-Haq

Misbah presses case for rising Pakistan

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On a day when a man in a yellow jersey ran up Mont Ventoux in cleats, perhaps it made sense to see a 42-year-old cricketer dropping to the Lord's turf and banging out 10 press-ups as the packed stands rose to him.

Few debuts at Lord's take in a Test century. Fewer still Lord's debuts take until a man's fifth decade. But Misbah-ul-Haq, the great redeemer of Pakistan's strife-torn cricket side, has never believed in the shackles of the past.

Serena Williams

'Now is the time to cherish peerless Serena'

Read full article on Wimbledon 2016: 'Serena Williams should be savoured'

A seventh Wimbledon singles title for Serena Williams, a straight-set victory, a 22nd Grand Slam singles title. So familiar a plot it is, in such a habitual setting, there might be a temptation to shrug as well as applaud. Tales of the expected, the status quo maintained.

Never take it for granted. Never fail to find wonder. Never lose the thrill.

Sam Querrey

'Sometimes, even a blind squirrel finds a nut'

Read full article on Sam Querrey's win over Novak Djokovic adds to a list of sporting shocks

If this unhinged year of underdogs, upsets and toppled totems continues, then the shocks will eventually become so routine that they no longer surprise us.

The sporting Richter scale requires recalibration after the last few months. A 5000-1 shot won the Premier League. A nation that had failed to win a rugby World Cup match in 24 years beat the two-time world champions. A football team led by a part-time dentist defeated a country with a population 200 times larger.

Former boxing heavyweight champion of the world Muhammad Ali

'Never an angel, always an inspiration'

Read full article on Muhammad Ali: A sporting personality who changed the world

To be sport's greatest must perversely be about more than sporting achievement. For running or jumping or kicking or fighting to matter to us, we have to be touched by the human soul behind the biomechanics.

No sportsman has touched more lives than Muhammad Ali. No sportsman has been celebrated so widely and deeply, and none will be mourned in quite the same way.

England captain Alastair Cook

'Cook a writer of epic novels in age of the tweet'

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As Alastair Cook closed in on his 10,000th Test run during the first Test against Sri Lanka, his partnership with Alex Hales produced 28 runs off the first 15 overs of the match.

The previous night in Bangalore, Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli had piled on 211 for Royal Challengers in exactly the same number of deliveries.

Dan Carter

The Zen of All Blacks great Carter

Read full article on Racing v Saracens in European Champions Cup: The Zen of Dan Carter

Sport at the elite level, even for those few geniuses who can routinely do what others can only dream of, typically appears to be about obvious effort and relentless industry.

You try harder, you do better. You feel the pressure and you respond to it. You impose yourself upon rivals through physical dominance and force of personality.

West Indies celebrate after their World T20 final victory

'T20 isn't killing Caribbean cricket. It's keeping it alive'

Read full article on World Twenty20: T20 is keeping West Indies cricket alive

This World Twenty20 final in Kolkata was more than just an unstoppable argument for a format that has so often drawn as much high-minded scorn as it has commercial backing.

It was both the coming of age of the youngest form of cricket and a signpost to the future: this is where the game is going, this is how the sport will survive.