The England cricket team suffered a humiliating defeat to Sri Lanka on the final day of the first test in Kandy.
England lost to their hosts by 88 runs. Star of the test was bowler Muttiah Muralitharan, who broke the world record for most test wickets. The record was held until recently by Shane Warne of Australia.
No doubt this will be seen by commentators and by the wider public as further evidence of the nation’s terminal sporting decline. But as I’ve argued before, Brit sports people, if they make the effort, can be just as good as anybody else. It just needs hard work and dedication.
There’s no need for the team to panic just yet.