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And his demoralising effect on opposing bowlers leaves them prey for Lara's partners to plunder at the other end. Their players are better than average, but not much.There have been countless examples of great players disrupting rather than inspiring a team, fostering resentment among the lower paid, and cliques.
The scene is the dressing-room of Warwickshire County Cricket Club during their latest cup final at Lord's at the weekend.
Three seasons ago the club's coach, Bob Cottam, an abrasive Lancastrian, left - after falling out with the captain, Andy Lloyd, it is said.
Woolmer, aged 46, was brought in mainly at the instigation of Dennis Amiss, then chairman of the cricket sub-committee which deals with the playing side of the club.
After Lara, team spirit is the crucial factor in Warwickshire performances this year.
Most of the side have been together for five years, and are mostly between 25 and 30.
Turbulent behind the scenes, and struggling on the field for decades, the team have suddenly this season carried almost all before them, in a transformation that compares with Michael Edwardes turning around British Leyland in the 1980s.