I type in the word “cricket” and before I’ve got to c-r-i the world’s non-cricket lovers have already pressed “delete”!
But if you stayed this far, let me tell you, today’s victory of England against arch rivals Australia, in Adelaide, is monumentally big.
Sure we can beat them at home, our home, but not “down under”, not in the land of sport, at least not since 1987.
If I want to learn anything about success in sport or anything else, I would do well to study what has happened here.
Victory has a momentum. England’s is built from gaining supremacy in all three areas, batting, bowling and fielding, referring to Ricky Ponting’s comments after the defeat.
The match was 4-and-a-half days of heroes. But not just the usual one; a bunch of them, all delivering at various times some heroic performances.
For the first time the media have not really singled out one big hero. Because there wasn’t one individual. It was a heroic team performance.
And that is the secret of winning against a nation of Australia’s standing. In the normal course of things, a good performance, the odd cameo, some luck with the weather, these might have sufficed. But not there.
In victory, the boys huddled together. I don’t believe this was just posturing, I believe the team has arrived.
England salutes you!