Sports letter: Too risky

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The Independent Online
Sir: Why is Mike Atherton whingeing about his treatment at the hands of the England World Cup selectors?

He has endured worsening problems with his back since childhood and, although, his fortitude is to be admired, at his age they are likely to get worse rather than better. He was obviously too much of a risk.

If England are to have any chance of winning the World Cup, only the fittest should be considered and that includes Graham Thorpe and his equally notorious back. Atherton should take a rest and concentrate on resurrecting his Test career.