No-one remembers the name of the book Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov wrote. Sure, everyone remembers the dog that, after a lot of training, drooled every time it heard a bell, which meant dinner was coming.But the book? Anyone?It was called Conditioned Reflexes: An Investigation of the Physiological Activity of the Cerebral Cortex. Not a title that trips easily off the tongue, but one that, having learnt (maybe with the help of a bell), you’re not likely to forget in a hurry.The response from certain former players to Proteas cricketer Lungi Ngidi’s call for cricket to stand with the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement was a textbook case of conditioned reflexes.A (black) cricketer says it’s time for cricket, its governing body — Cricket SA — and sport generally to support the movement making the walls tremble in cities around the world. The reflex from (white) former Proteas players Boeta Dippenaar and Pat Symcox is straight out of the Pavlovian handbook. Dippenaar’s grumpy Faceboo...

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