Just not cricket

England are 280-4 at lunch. What do they think they’re playing at? This is the West Indies. For people of a certain age (let’s say 39), the West Indies are supposed to be a terrifying cricketing prospect, a team in whose presence you cower and whimper before surrendering pathetically for about 120. It’s not right to see them labouring like this, and to see England at their ease against them. Admittedly it did get tedious to be hammered by them year in year out, but at least you knew where you were. This new world order is thoroughly disconcerting. The West Indies thrashing us at cricket was as fundamental a part of my sporting upbringing as Liverpool in the European Cup Final. At least some things stay reassuringly familiar.

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