A golden sporting Sunday to make Britain appreciate its better self | Richard Williams

If you were at Lord’s, Wimbledon or Silverstone or just delirious in the back garden here was a day to rekindle the Olympic spirit of 2012 and forget the decision that has divided us since

Bread and circuses, eh? A full house of 140,000 at Silverstone, Wimbledon packed for the men’s final, the entire nation taking advantage of the free-to-air concession to follow the twists and turns of an unprecedented cricket showdown at a sold-out Lord’s. Who, we asked ourselves, does this stuff better? And yet amid the unfolding delirium of Sunday’s sporting cavalcade there were moments when it was impossible not to pause the action and ask what it means, in the times through which we are living, to find a few hours’ relief by cheering a bunch of talented people hitting a ball or driving round in circles.

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