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BLOWERS VIEW FROM THE BOUNDARY.

This was rough justice with knobs on. And nothing more than England deserved after coach David Lloyd's bad mannered and insulting outbursts after the Bulawayo Test.

In my view, Lloyd had to take a chunk of the responsibility for the lamentable and pathetic display by England on this first day of the Second Test.

Zimbabwe captain Alistair Campbell, and player-coach, Dave Houghton, both said on Christmas Day: "We won't need to motivate our lads after Lloyd's remarks." And look what happened!

After the thrilling last day of the First Test Lloyd blew his top and trumpeted that England had "murdered", "steamrollered", and "hammered" Zimbabwe. What a load of nonsense.

In front of some English supporters he insulted the Mashonaland Cricket Association chairman who only wanted to thank him for such a great finish. Lloyd has not only let himself down with a sickening thud, he has let down English cricket and the country itself.

I met a number of people at the Harare Cricket Club who said in shock: "Is this what England has come to now?" And I don't blame them.

On Saturday, Lord MacLaurin of Tesco fame and now chairman of the new English Cricket Board, arrives in Harare. He is a straight speaker if ever there was one. For the sake of English cricket he must act. Lloyd must be told in no uncertain terms that his behaviour has been wholly unacceptable and he must be made to pay the penalty.

As the England coach he is in a privileged position. Yet he has been unable to live up to the responsibility which goes with it. The Board must waste no time in looking for a successor. England need a coach and a manager too who will face up to the bleak truth about our cricketers and talk straight from the shoulder. In this respect manager John Barclay is as bad as Lloyd.

I am as heartily sick as anyone with the constant smokescreens which are being put up to justify England's bad cricket. They must not be allowed to hide behind another for even one more day.

HENRY BLOFELD
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Blofeld, Henry
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 27, 1996
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