October 2017 – CSGB Postal Auction – Now Accepting Bids12th September 2017 by Sam Whiting
I am writing these jottings on the Sunday after the day/night test against the West Indies. I have to say that I am not a fan of day/night matches, but if it helps Test cricket to thrive then I think it must be considered. However, my greater problem is the West Indian team. I realise that all sport goes in cycles of domination, but how the mighty are fallen. I think the England team back in the 1980s was a reasonable side, but just totally outclassed by a fabulous West Indian team that included Clive Lloyd, Viv Richards, Desmond Haynes, Gordon Greenidge, Malcolm Marshall, Joel Garner, Michael Holding and Andy Roberts (apologies to the great names I have missed). The roles are now reversed, this current England side is pretty good, but they still have a long way to go to be classed as great. However, they have still managed to thrash the West Indies by and innings and 209 runs in 3 days. I am of course thrilled that England won, it is a mild form of revenge for the maulings we used to suffer, but can only hope that the next 2 matches are more competitive. This is supposed to help improve England for the Ashes tour this winter in Australia. Unfortunately, Test cricket seems to be largely dominated by the home teams so it would be marvellous to retain the Ashes this winter. I believe the problem to be that West Indian athletes can make more money in U. S. sports like basketball, or by plying their trade as a privateer in 20/20 cricket, as some of their star players are already. I am just hoping that some of our stars, such as Ben Stokes, do not follow this route.
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