Monday, August 04, 2008

They started it

Well, Andrew Miller did refer to the 1998 test series' English escape as "Dunkirk defiance" (just the latest example of the questionable fondness on the part of sports writers to mix up war and sport; perhaps this habit runs deep in English writing, after all, wasn't it said that the Battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton?) So, playing that game, shall we call this defeat in the test series, which has led to the resignation of an English captain, and his replacement by a South African, the Spion Kop of the summer? Elsewhere, Spion Kop is described as posessing "an appalling notoriety for the incompetence of British leadership". (OK, its not "English", but you catch the drift).

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