Lord’s Test Match Yesterday: Times Laments The Impending Extinction Of West Indies Cricket ( ! )

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A well written piece by Times chief sports writer Simon Barnes…

West Indian Tiger in Danger – Please Give Generously

In cricket, perhaps more than any other game, there are times when your patriotism for the nation that bore you is overtaken by patriotism for the greater nation of cricket. It felt like that as I watched England seizing an inexorable control over the first npower Test match at Lord’s. It wasn’t the fact that they gained a decisive advantage; it was that they did so without playing terribly well.

And that seemed to me to be a terribly sad thing. I longed for West Indies to do better: take wickets, get ’em hopping, hit a few people, work up a little fear. Perhaps this longing comes from the idea that the game matters more than the results, that cricket has a beauty, a symmetry and even a moral purpose that other games cannot match. But really, I think it comes from the terrible fragility of the sport of cricket.

… continue reading this article at the Times (link here).

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One response to “Lord’s Test Match Yesterday: Times Laments The Impending Extinction Of West Indies Cricket ( ! )

  1. karma

    Could it be that the rabid West Indian racism that has now turned the game into a black-vs.-white thing
    ..is now bearing us bitter fruit?

    Has our own ‘karma’ now come full circle
    to bite us in our own rear end?

    Nawww…. not possible.
    besides..that can’t happen here!