Last word on explanatory style

Let’s close this recent foray into explanatory style with final words from Daniel Vettori after the Black Caps loss in the One-Day International.

“We were beaten by one man today, he played really well,” Vettori said.
“That’s one of the best one-day innings I’ve ever seen.”

Winning, optimistic explanatory style after a loss is impersonal, temporary and limited. Vettori’s words were impersonal “he played really well” and temporary “beaten by one man today” - and it took, “one of the best one-day innings I’ve ever seen” to beat them.

They may have lost - but these are words of a winner. More please.

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