Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, but the terror attacks in Bombay threw me off a bit. I haven’t lived there for more than a decade now, but I have family and many memories there. Regardless, I’m happy that England have decided to come back to tour India, even if I think that completely exposes the hypocrisy of their — and Australia’s — decision not to tour Pakistan. That aside, England deserve as much credit as anyone, even if the actual series is unlikely to spark anything in the public imagination.
Then again, I wonder — is Test cricket the most appropriate response to terror? I don’t mean to exaggerate sport’s importance, since this is, after all, only a game. But the thought of 22 men slowly grinding out a result contrasts nicely with the rat-a-tat murder that we saw two weeks ago. If we could replace fast atrocity with genteel gentlemanship, wouldn’t we all be better off?
I’m not making much sense, but I really only wanted to say one thing: pay very close attention to the South Africa-Australia series. If Australia are truly on the verge of being toppled, then South Africa are as good contenders as India to usurp the throne. Mind you, Australia have not lost a series at home in nearly 2 decades, but I have faith in this Graeme Smith. He seems much smarter than he was at the 2007 World Cup, and while I generally can’t stand his team, I’d be overjoyed with a South African victory. The king is dead, long live the king!