Cricket returns in less than two weeks. And I am not talking about the IPL, I am talking about Test cricket. And not just Test cricket, but Test cricket in my hemisphere.
The West Indies are hosting England for three Tests staring with a work-week affair to begin on Monday, April 13. So not only will the match take place during a pleasant time period – much appreciated after the circadian horror show that was the World Cup – but it is happening on work days when I can quietly listen and follow along while at my desk.
This is how I fell in love with the game in the first place, and so with the relaunch of the blog, this will be the perfect manner in which to get back on the writing horse.
The series brings a lot of questions to the table for the hapless England as they prepare for this summer’s Ashes. If Cook can win in Antigua, Barbados and Grenada, then he will of course ride into the English summer the right man to lead the troops into the simmering cauldron of the Ashes.
Lose one or more of those, and Cook’s position in team – not just as captain – will be seriously questioned.
I have always liked Alastair. And it’s a shame how poorly he has managed this squad at times, and how poorly they have played (again, at times) under his leadership. But the silver lining of Test losses in the Caribbean this spring might just a shake up at the top that the team is desperately in need of.
Also on the front burner for England is the possible return of Kevin Pietersen. I have no inside information here, but as a cricket fan I hope he comes back as soon as possible because he is one of the top five most entertaining batsman on the planet.
Short post for now as I re-tune my muse. More again soon.