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Prior to 1885 cricket news usually consisted of short, descriptive summaries of important matches and, perhaps, the scores of less signiﬁcant encounters. If cricket fans could not play or watch a match then they could read about it, because: the next best thing to playing cricket is to see it played; and next after that, at a long interval, doubtless, but still not without a strong 40 Anglo-American Media Interactions, 1850–2000 clash of excitement, comes the hurried glance in the morning at the scores of the day before.
The corporal “covered in blood and reeling in his saddle” contributed nothing to the narrative of the battle, but everything to the sensational vignette James was describing (had the corporal been important to the news story rather than the story James was really narrating, surely James would have at least discovered his name). ” The rest of this narrative lacked the sensational nature of the ﬁrst portion, but continued to indulge in references to patriotic manliness that is central to the discourse of war correspondence.
Both of these accounts are at ﬁrst stories of a battle. Both also exhibit most of the key qualities of the sensational discourse of war correspondence. Like the American AP correspondent, both James and Burleigh used sensational descriptions, narratives, and rhetoric, a discourse not normally associated with the staid, quality Guardian. By opening his narrative of the Lancers’ famous charge with the ominous orders familiar to the readers of any military adventure story: “prevent the enemy from returning to Omdurman” (all that is left out is the even more ominous phrase “at all costs”), James tipped his reader to the British pluck to come.