Dear Editor, Due respect and a little humility should be shown and given to one’s opponents in all sports. Although I am an English cricket supporter and enjoy cricket generally, I feel the celebrations and the singling out of certain individuals are very much over the top.
Cricket, like any team game, is dependent on success of the whole of the team and every one of the team plays an important role. Australia, to be fair, in this series were dogged by the loss of their front-line bowler, Brett Lee, and a little sporting empathy should be shown for the wrong umpiring decisions, over-the-top appealing, the bad weather and below-standard Test pitches. The state of the pitch at The Oval after less than only two days, after all of our experience in the preparations of Test matches, was surprising. Not one Test match lasted the whole of the five days scheduled.
Every team needs the “rub of the green” and we should sportingly respond accordingly. It is only a game, after all, and cricket is not used to too much over-the-top exuberance, as in football, but go easy on ‘Freddie’ [Flintoff] despite his histrionics. In all humility have we forgotten that we were beaten 5-0 in Australia?
Douglas J Wathen,