Um-smiling English players....

Um-smiling English players....

Post by vigne.. » Fri, 26 Mar 1993 23:00:19

England's cricket flops offer no excuses

     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
English cricket.

     "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