Shamik Das

Friday, February 20, 2009

So, Mr Stanford, Test cricket's boring is it?

Saved! The Windies tail-enders embrace upon completing the great escape

WOW! What a finish! I've said it before and I'll say it again: Test cricket rules!

Ball after ball after beautiful ball, players giving it their all; England striving, straining, spinning away in search of glory, the Windies holding on for dear life, an heroic, bloody-minded defence as good as any win.

The excitement, the atmosphere, the nerve-shredding, nail-biting drama, the sheer, unadulterated tension of it all...

Daren Powell    "Shamone!"

And then, four overs from the close, darkness descends, Rudi offers the light, Fidel and Daren embrace and the Antigue Recreaction Ground celebrates one of the all-time great Test draws. There's nothing quite like a ninth-wicket pair holding out till the end.

They may not have won a million dollars, but last night those maroon magicians sure would have felt like it, and I guarantee you, I absolutely, positively promise you, that draw would have tasted a million times sweeter than the Stanford win; playing for pride always does.

That's why we don't just like cricket, hell no, we f***ing love it!

Cricinfo: Complete third Test scorecard from Antigua
Fredericksburg Star: Feds track down Stanford
The Times: Chaos reigns across Americas


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