Birmingham, Aug 11: As the looting, pilfering and rioting took hold in parts of Birmingham, there was a far more savoury and dignified rumble unfolding at the city's Edgbaston cricket stadium.
Indeed, with the hoodlums' antics on city streets getting out of hand, the influence of the 'gentlemen' at play seems to have doused the malaise outside. As home team England endeavoured to plunder the visiting Indian side for wickets, the plundering of the city by its younger residents gradually subsided.
While it enjoys a substantial and respectable standing as an indigenous sport, cricket may not be the most popular game in Ole Blighty. But a good show by the team, as has been observed in the past, lifts the collective English spirit.
This euphoric phenomenon wasn't any less blatant than when Michael Vaughan's side beat the visiting Australians in the 2005 Ashes. Now, with England just one Test win away from claiming the No. 1 ranking in the world, local morale will be high and the perpetration of violence on the wane.
One only hopes that if England does win this crucial match, it will not spawn racial clashes as a large part of the city's population comprises Indian immigrants.