[OPE-L:4491] Not Cricket?

Alan Freema (a.freeman@greenwich.ac.uk)
Sat, 22 Mar 1997 05:08:57 -0800 (PST)

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Hello Ajit, and I am very glad to note in [4474] that cricket is the sport. These
Americans may not understand our dialogue, but the image is too good to lose.

I am sure you share my view that this wonderful game was ruined in the notorious
Bodyline tour which started the dreadful practice of bowling at the Man instead
of the Wicket.

You say (and I am glad)

"No vendetta. I and Andrew have known each other for years. I know he can
take it, that's why I dished it out."

But vendettas, like Bodyline, do not only mean hard play; another question is,
does one attack the Man, or the Target? It is the personal element in polemic,
rather than the passion of the argument, which can so rapidly become distasteful
if some control is not exercised.