On Thursday night, as the devastated, broken, young man faced the people he let down there was some comfort in knowing we were right to be proud in the first place.
We cherish cricket in this country. We hold our cricketers to a higher standard than everybody else because it is sport that gives us so much pride and hope. On Thursday night Steve Smith met those standards. He went on manfully, ashamed of his actions but not ashamed to show the world how abject he feels.