Sports­man­ship in de­cline for years

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

DEAR Edi­tor, How ironic is it that the Aus­tralian cricket team have been slammed for cheat­ing at cricket.

Study the life story of Don­ald Brad­man, the Aus­tralian crick­eter who be­came a bat­ting ge­nius. Now read the story of Body­line – his trial by fire. Learn of the pride and courage that great crick­eters share with gen­er­als and politi­cians.

Beat Brad­man and we have won, said Eng­land cricket cap­tain Dou­glas Jar­dine, and from that mo­ment the world of sport changed. It was no longer merely some­thing to be en­joyed. That was 1932. Since then the ethics in sport have slowly de­creased.

It was 86 years ago that the Eng­land cricket team, play­ing against Aus­tralia, chal­lenged the mean­ing of the word ‘sports­man­ship’.

Ed­die San­ders, Pheasey Es­tate

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