Norman Tebbit’s cricket test was never xenophobic, but it could do with a liberal amendment

The sporting summer reaches a kind of crescendo today with half the country flicking three ways between the British Grand Prix, the Wimbledon men’s final and the cricket world cup final at Lord’s.

It won’t exactly match the Olympic summer of 2012 and the way Team GB unexpectedly brought the country together in a happy embrace. For a start, neither Formula One nor tennis tend to evoke strong national sentiments in the way team sports do.

Moreover, the cricket world cup did not see the whole country getting behind the English team, as many British Indians and Pakistanis backed their ancestral teams against England. And what was so remarkable was that this spectacular failing of the “Tebbit test”…

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