But then every now and then there is a work which is so obviously a cricketing work that it goes without saying. And indeed when it comes to the great work above it has gone without saying for a long time.
This is Abstraktes Bild by Gerhard Richter. It was painted in 1994. Until last week it was owned by Eric Clapton. Clapton must have needed to clear some clutter in his house and put it up for auction. It sold for the handsome price of £21m - making it the most expensive painting by a living artist. So much for austerity you might think.
It is a fine painting. FB's worldwide readership may struggle to see the cricketing reference. But when they learn that it is described as a masterpiece of calculated chaos, they will understand. it is a chillingly accurate representation of FB's mental state in coming in to bat.
Richter is rightly described as the world's greatest living painter.