On Cricket and stereotypes

This hasn’t aged very well –

The game is essentially English, and though our countrymen carry it abroad wherever they go, it is difficult to inoculate or knock it into the foreigner. The Italians are too fat for cricket, the French too thin, the Dutch too dumpy, the Belgians too bilious, the Flemish too flatulent, the East Indians too peppery, the Laplanders too bow-legged, the Swiss too sentimental, the Greeks too lazy, the Egyptians too long in the neck, and the Germans too short in the wind

Thanks to Robin Court on r.s.c.

Source: Box C: Excerpt from “The Theory & Practice of Cricket” (1868) | ESPN.com

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