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The Brits. seem to be losing their 'grits' after one loss
By Nandimithra for LankaWeb
The complaints about the bumpiness of the roads are numerous, the World Service of the BBC (Sportsworld and Sports News) are very reluctant to publicise the last test match pre-empting it for petty news items suggesting an attitude of sore losers.Are the Brits., losing their 'grits'? It is hoped not!!
Suddenly the proverbial back pains emerge, disillusionment and gloom seems to have set in although at the beginning of the tour their optimism was running high and if they need cheering up it cannot be done at the expense of the cricket fans and the Tour schedule.
South Africa, Australia and Zimbabwe did not complain about their recent
tours to Sri Lanka and enjoyed the conditions and hospitality immensely,
albeit a few resounding thrashings at the hands of the Lankans which were
accepted in the spirit of sportsmanship, so what's going on?
True enough, some of the umpiring decisions did not go their way and
poor Graeme Hick was suspended a game for a minor oversight on his part
but all this has to be taken in stride.Were not the Lankans in certain
overseas games virtually driven to exasperation and frustration though
they never gave up as the team spirit privailed and was kept together
by wonderful leadership and eventually got into high gear again.
If the multitudinous crowds seem partisan at times, they are merely
cheering the home side on, Indian and Pakistani crowds are the same and
England has had many experiences playing in front of similar multitudes
and in Sri Lanka's case never unruly like some of its neighbours, certainly
The Great John Arlott had a knack of cheering up and brightening the foggiest and gloomiest of games with his commentary. "As the smoke from the chimney stacks in the distance rise into the clouds, on this rather overcast and gloomy afternoon at Old Trafford , Miller bowls to Cowdrey who leans into the half volley and drives him beautifully to the cover boundary! what a magnificient stroke which brings the roaring crowd to its feet as English spirits soar to the skies on this otherwise dismal afternoon!".
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