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As England's cricketers wobble, the rugby team are finally getting it together

You can tell Stuart Lancaster used to be a schoolmaster. His players are learning

30 November 2013

9:00 AM

30 November 2013

9:00 AM

My friend Miles was bowling in a festival of wandering cricket clubs in Oxford the other day. First wicket down and in walked an immaculately turned out Japanese gentleman. As he took guard, he turned to the slips and said, ‘I’m the best batsman in Japan.’ Miles’s first ball he edged to the keeper, and tucking his bat under his arm he said to the slips again, ‘But I’m also the only batsman in Japan.’

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Roger Alton is an executive editor at the Times.

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