You’re appalled at elite sportsmen suspected of performance-enhancing doping, new polling from Essential Research confirms today. A fair few of you would attend fewer games and watch fewer matches on television if your team was found to have taken drugs. Some would even switch teams.

Well here’s something to cheer depleted spirits:

Not that you’ve probably heard of Jodie Fields, captain of the Southern Stars national cricket side that became champions of the world overnight in India. Or Jess Cameron, who belted a half-century to give Australia a World Cup final record run tally of 259. Or Ellyse Perry, who took three vital wickets to dismiss the West Indies cheaply and claim the trophy.

The Southern Stars — who have to juggle careers to play — now have six World Cup trophies in the cabinet. The blokes have four.

Next summer the Southern Stars will be back in action on home soil. So now you’ll have something else to watch, sports fans.

Peter Fray

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