PUNE (India) No ball controversy will haunt Sri Lankas right-arm off-spinner Suraj Randiv for rest of his life. Trevor Chappell and Randiv did not break any formal rules of cricket. However, they and others who influenced their behaviour - will be remembered for breaching the Spirit of Cricket. It is to be seen how, subsequently, do they reconcile to their actions? Time will be the healing factor, says renowned sports psychologist and Professor in the School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health at UWA, Sandy Gordon. Speaking to this scribe from Australia, Sandy Gordon, who has also worked with Australia, Sri Lanka and India, said, With difficulty but over time theyll find a way. How do you play with character? Answer: simple, play to both informal and formal rules of the game, he added. First, as is evident from writings on all recognised sporting greats, true athletes should have character, not be a character; know that winning isnt everything, but trying to win is; know that by playing to win you can never lose; never cheat because the minute you cheat, you lose. Cheats are never winners. Second, character includes fair play, which means promoting both the formal rules of cricket competitions, and the informal rules, the Spirit of Cricket, which as custodians of the game all players should always keep in mind. Third, character includes sportspersonship, which means giving a full effort in games and training as well as showing respect and concern for officials, umpires, coaches, team management, team mates, opponents, as well as to family and oneself. Finally, character includes compassion, which means appreciating others feelings, and integrity, which means knowing what is the right thing to do and behaving in line with what is right, even when alternative choices are available i.e., making value-driven decisions. In light of these comments participation in sport in general can certainly build character. Based on over 20 years of observation of professional sports cultures from 'within, its my view that professional sport often reveals character, he further added. Of course my opinion, in an era of professional sport, global entertainment, and commercial imperatives to win at all costs, will be dismissed, even derided as naive and irrelevant by professional players, coaches, administrators, journalists, commentators and fans. However, its an opinion borne of significant professional challenges Ive faced having to work with cheats e.g., batsmen who genuinely know they have nicked deliveries and dont walk, keepers/fielders who delight in fooling umpires into giving outs when they know they didnt make catches. Externalising the responsibility for deciding what is the right or wrong action in these cases to 'someone else e.g. thats the umpires job/fault is the pat response, which indicates to me no sense of internalising either formal or informal rules - no sense of real character - whatsoever. Its like pocketing a $50 dollar note someone you know dropped in the street in front of you, and waiting for someone else to tell you to hand it back. At his dads funeral (March 25, 2001), John Bradman referred to the philosophy Sir Don passed onto his grandchildren try hard, but with integrity, and have lots of fun Spot on in my opinion.. but its just my opinion.