We’ve read a couple of things today about how English players will struggle with the heat and humidity in Sri Lanka. Graham Gooch described the conditions as ‘unnatural,’ which isn’t strictly accurate.
It strikes us that English cricketers should buck their ideas up. Sri Lanka may well be hot and humid, but the phrase ‘mad dogs and Englishmen’ wasn’t made in reference to the French.
With lightweight sports clothing and wicking body stockings, modern English cricketers are spoilt, molly-coddled little brats. It isn’t the English way to complain about the heat. It is the English way to just bloody well ignore the weather, no matter how extreme it might think it is.
Bring back tweed. What could be more English than standing in full sun, in 40 degree heat, clad head to toe in tweed, sipping a cool, refreshing glass of gin? That’s the way to stay fit for cricket in tropical climes. The moustache provides all the shade a gentleman needs.