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What do Ricky Ponting, Ian Botham, Dunga, Andrew Flintoff, Bryan Robson and Martin Johnson all have in common? They are each a prime example of that fascinating sporting sub-species known as MUSSULs — Magnificent but Unsubtle Sporting Stars Unsuited to Leadership.
For many years, the first line that French school-children were to taught to recite at school was: “Our ancestors, the Gauls…” Children were taught that they, the modern French, were descended directly from the Gauls.
It is not often that the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards – an annual cringe-fest, replete with leaden gags and squirming athletes – provides much insight into the inner workings of a sporting team, but such a moment occurred on Sunday.
There is a school of thought which holds that a batsman should never rub his arm when an umpire is weighing up whether or not to call him out, caught behind off the glove – not even if the ball did indeed hit his arm.
The differences between English and Australian cricketers are never so evident as when either side is winning. The victorious English cricketer trots around the park happily enough, but one can sense his mind thinking: is this it? Is this victory? Gosh, it’s all rather dull.
The most peculiar moment of the Lord’s Test came when Russell Crowe, cousin of the match referee, Jeff Crowe, entered the Sky TV commentary box and proceeded to lambast the “lack of ruthlessness” shown by the Australian team in Cardiff.