All Indians and Australians believe that everyone in England thinks the same thing. (Do you see what we did with that sentence?)
We’d just like to refute this.
If you see an article in the Telegraph that says England are going to dominate world cricket forever, it is important to remember that Graeme Swann hasn’t said this (unless it’s his name in the byline). We haven’t said it either.
If an article in the Daily Express last month said that England were going to win the one-day series in India by five matches to nil, Jonathan Trott didn’t say that and again, neither did we.
If you draw statements from a wide variety of English sources and piece them all together, that isn’t The English Manifesto. We really aren’t that organised and we really don’t agree about many things at all.
One particular quality that you can be almost certain isn’t shared by most people is “confidence”. If you detect “confidence” in someone’s pronouncements, you can safely assume that they aren’t speaking on behalf of the English as a people.