We British are very proud of our sporting heritage, mainly because we have introduced the world to many now popular organised sports and games.

I say ‘organised’ because we can’t necessarily garner credit for inventing the games themselves, rather the rules that govern them – which were by and large written by the British.

But this pride seems to weigh heavily on the shoulders of many of our sportsmen, whose successes involving silverware become rarer and rarer as the years go by.

So while we may be happy that our favourite summertime sport, cricket, is becoming popular in France, deep down we’re dreadfully afraid that the French (if they ever go professional) will simply prove to be another opponent who give us a sound thrashing at every opportunity.

There ought to be a rule that says “He who invented the game – must be allowed to win.” … but alas that’s just not cricket!

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