LONDON, March 22 (AFP) - England's cricketing flops have
flown home to London after their disastrous tour of India and
Sri Lanka offering no excuses for their dismal performance.
As they arrived back at Heathrow airport from Colombo
late Sunday after losing all four Tests and five out of eight
one-day games, Team manager Keith Fletcher said: "Obviously
we are very disappointed. But there is plenty of future for
"We didn't play as well as we would have liked to have
hone and the Indians played far better than we did."
He said he was surprised by the outcome.
"We didn't go there to lose three-nil. That goes without
saying. But having said that the Indians played far better
than we did."
Asked if believed the team could pick themselves up to
play Australia this summer he said: "Of course we can. We've
got to. I don't think the Australians have done too well over
the past few months."
He was keeping the possibility of changes to the side
close to his chest.
"We'll have to wait and see", he said.
The team's troubles continued right up until the moment
they arrived back at Heathrow. Their scheduled flight from
Sri Lanka was over four hours latearriving at Heathrow after
an hydraulic problem during a stopover in Dubia. It then had
to make an unscheduled landing at Istanbul to take on more
Much had been been of the team's appearance during the
Tour with criticism about the way they dressed and how they
looked scruffy and unshaven.
But although they were tired and unsmiling as they
emerged from their Tristar jet, they were all smartly turned
Each member - with the exception of bearded Mike Gatting
- was clean shaven and all wore regulation England blazers,
slacks, and collar and tie.
After emerging from the customs hall at Terminal four,
they were re-united with their wives and girlfriends. Also on
hand to welcome them home was Graham Gooch, who handed the
captaincy over to Alec Stewart for the Sri Lanka leg of the
Stewart would not comment on the outcome of the Tour.
"I've had a long journey", he said.
Asked about his immediate plans he said: "I'll have a
week off and then go back with Surrey."
Thanks :: Agence France Presse
UMass, Mar 25, 1993