Comment: Cricket scandal is latest example of poor player behaviour
The German word “schadenfreude” means taking pleasure in another’s misfortune; more than pleasure indeed, joy. It’s a nasty state of mind , but one to which many of us succumb.This is understandable, if sad. So the exposure of the Australian cricketers’ ball-tampering saw an outbreak of schadenfreude, all the more so because this Australian team has seemed arrogant and unlikeable. I plead guilty myself. Now, having had time to reflect, and having watched as much of the former captain Steve Smith’s Press conference ordeal as I could bear, I feel sorrow and sympathy.