England v. West Indies, 1st Test: No Trends Yet

I’m just as big a fan of England’s cricket team as the next Guardian correspondent, but I’m not so sure we can see much of a trend in England’s victory over the West Indies. For one thing, only a few months ago, we saw similar odes to the West Indies team after a one-sided victory over, um, England. And look where we are now in the Caribbean.

So, relax. Graham Onions may turn out to be the real deal, or he may turn out like Ryan Sidebottom, who enjoyed stellar reviews for a bit before…well, where exactly is Sidebottom now? And Ravi Bopara may turn out to be Nasser Hussain, or he may very well become Ian Bell, or Owais Shah, or whatever.

Andrew Miller, however, makes a very reasonable, cautious argument for English hopes. I like the article because he nicely diagnoses England’s recent downturn: no No. 3 after Michael Vaughan; no spinner after Monty Panesar; no strong fast bowlers after Simon Jones, Andrew Flintoff and Steven Harmison.


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