31 Oct

There speaks a leader of men

England have lost a Test Match to the minnows Bangladesh. This is, to say the least, disappointing.

But at the inevitable press conference, the England captain Alistair Cook said, “I fear for my players. They are hurting.”

This before a five-Test series in India who are the  best team in the world rankings

Does it come any more pathetic in this touchy-feely world of delicate (and highly-paid) sportsmen?

Can you imagine Brian Close, Ray Illingworth, Douglas Jardine or Alan Border speaking so effeminately?

Or Mike Brearley – who would have surely said: “Well, that was a setback. Let’s put it right by going out and beating the Indians!”