February 19, 2007

Australian cricket

You wanted a game, you got it

Andrew Miller

Simon Barnes, in The Times, tries incredibly hard not to gloat about Australia's recent demise, but argues that, in the spirit of sporting upsets, he has a duty to take carried away by their losses.

Don’t expect the rest of us to be sad when the bully gets his comeuppance. Excellence always has a kind of beauty about it; authority may be admirable but it is seldom very lovable. So when the giant falls, it is necessary for the midgets to jump up and down on the body. This is a right and proper process, even if it is demeaning to the fallen champion and to the jumping gloaters

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Andrew Miller is the former UK editor of ESPNcricinfo and now editor of The Cricketer magazine

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