Andrew Stone considers the politics of cricket.
Exhilarating - not an adjective often applied to test match cricket. But it was a fitting description of England's two-run win in the second test against Australia, and indeed of the entire Ashes series to date. A surge of interest greeted that nailbiting finish, and I'm sure I wasn't the only cricket lover suddenly called upon by previously uninterested friends to explain the finer points of the LBW law. It might seem wilfully perverse, therefore, for socialists to turn up our noses at the wave of sporting patriotism, to take an 'anyone but England' line.