|Bardot as locomotive|
It is however a failing of Ms de Beauvoir's writings that, whatever their other merits, she fails to address issues that cricketers legitimately could look to her for guidance on. For example, just as she contended that she was not born a woman but became one - it might be considered, from an existential point of view, whether Stuart Broad was born Stuart Broad or became Stuart Broad.
Bardot of course never made such an offer - perhaps because there was no French cricket team to stimulate. But in 1956 England won the Ashes 2-1 in a series that included Laker's Test at Old Trafford. Laker took 46 wickets in the series at 9.60. Would an offer from Ms Bardot to bare her all have improved his performance? We can only speculate.