Greatness of the past gone for good

For those with long memories, the arrival of West Indies initiates so many contrasting emotions it is difficult to know where to begin. Even now, shorn of the greatness of the past, their players can be relied upon to produce some scintillating moments: a Fidel Edwards firecracker, perhaps, or a sublime cover drive from Darren Bravo.

West Indian cricketers have an ease and grace of movement given to few others, even if those moments now are few and far between, rendering them even more valuable- a window on a forgotten world. The most common theme then of the last week, especially in the wake of a rather shambolic opening on and off the field, is one of regret; regret for something precious that has been lost.

There will be many reminders of a more glorious past at Lord’s this week: Vivian Richards will be there, in portrait as well as in person, as will Brian Lara, who, along with Viv is one of many of the great batsmen produced by that region, whilst Michael Holding will be doing his best to stay disinterested from the commentary box. The general consensus is that it will be difficult viewing for them all……

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